There is an abundance of clay in my area, and I have occasionally
thought about making work out of local clay. But the process seemed
intimidating, so I never actually tried it (or maybe it was a matter of
laziness!). But as Graham Sheehan demonstrates in today’s video clip,
the process is not all that difficult. It might not be practical for
everyone, but if you’re willing to do a little bit of manual labor,
digging your own clay can be a great way to create an even closer
connection to the work you make, and help lessen your carbon footprint
in the process. Watch the video!
For today’s video, I have excerpted a cool planter project involving a simple cardboard form and some slabs. What I especially like about this project is that Graham turns very practical joint reinforcements into lovely loose decorative elements.
In today’s clip, an excerpt from the full-length DVD Building Your Own Potter’s Kiln, Graham Sheehan demonstrates how to lay down the proper footprint for a gas kiln and explains how important these first steps are for ensuring a well-functioning, efficient kiln.
Graham Sheehan introduces beginning potters to low-tech approaches to
clay arts that have been used by potters for thousands of years. After
digging and preparing local clay, he demonstrates modeling and slab
techniques for making simple hand-built forms. He then shows how to
build a wood-fired kiln that novices can construct in a couple of hours
using re-cycled bricks. Graham fires this kiln and shows the finished
forms that complete the clay arts cycle. Drawings and a materials list
to aid with the construction of the kiln are included on the DVD