Starting to test the new clays. I began by making 4 similar shapes out of each clay and recording observations on working properties for each one. Some are very close to being good to use by themselves, and others need to be blended to be much use for making work with. It’s always refreshing to work clays straight from the ground in their unblended form. #newclays #wildclay #ceramics #woodfire

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Fellow maker and wild clay enthusiast @zach_sierke in front of a cliff of clay at Stedman’s Landing in Fairhope, Alabama. I had an absolute fantastic day with Zach touring old kiln sites, pulling pre-civil war shards out of creeks, and exploring the rich and diverse clay deposits of the bay. #zachsierke #wildclay #adventure #community #ceramics #claymountain

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I’ve been working primarily with a wild clay dug from a local tobacco field for the past 10 years. A couple of years ago I dug 11 dump truck loads and moved them to my property, so I don’t go to the field much anymore. I did go there on Sunday and these are some pieces I made from the raw chunks of straight from the field. I see the little vessels as sketches or maquettes for future work. Responding to place and drawing influence directly from the environment. #vessel #ceramics #wildclay #joshcopus

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