please note* For classes at Hallowell Clay Works we use commercial clay. Malley uses local clay for her artistic and sculptural work.
- My quick and simple first tips
- 1. Know the purpose of your project- You will have different needs
- ie. throwing, building and firing pottery? Making sculpture or building a brick oven? making bricks? pavers? beauty masks?
- Clay is abundant in Maine- Geological Survey has maps! https://www.maine.gov/dacf/mgs/
- Locate clay- streams, rivers, lakes -Ask a contractor or a gardener they always know!
- You need a shovel and some buckets/heavy duty bags
- Find an accessible safe source close to you
- Clay is heavy especially when wet, also slippery be careful
- *****There are ecological impacts about disturbing clay in waterways so be mindful and don’t cloud the water, rivers, streams********