Friday, July 30, 2010
I've been driving by this huge pile of clay ever since we moved to Florida. The pile has been going down a little at a time, but they haven't made even a small dent in the size of the pile. Finally I couldn't resist any longer. When I got home, I got an empty yogurt container and drove back to get a small sample to make some slip to test it.
Gary estimated the pile at about 300 tons. That's a lot of clay. I figured one little yogurt container wouldn't matter much, would it? It does have a really nice color and a great feel to the texture. I can't wait to try it out.
Then I realized I needed to take a photo of the pile so you could see how big it really is. The pile is so big I couldn't get it all in the shot with my camera. As I was leaving I saw one of the construction guys. So I stopped and asked him what they were going to do with the pile of clay. He said they paid to have the clay brought in as a base. Oops. Mea Culpa! I had no idea the pile was brought in; I thought it was dug on the site. I guess clay is in short supply around Florida since it is mostly sand around here.
I told him I was a potter and hope they didn't mind that I took a small sample to make some slip. He looked at me strangely, probably thinking how could a woman's slip be made from clay, wouldn't I need some fabric for that. As I drove off, he still had that quizzical look on his face. Comments and suggestions are welcome.