clay

Primitive Technology: termite clay kiln & pottery

Digging clay out of a termite mound, using straw to reinforce it, and making a crude but very effective kiln to fire clay pieces to be used as roof tiles, a water jug, a blower and more. Brilliant.

There are many more of these great videos at the Primitive Technology site and for those who prefer, he has a Primitive Technology YouTube Channel.

[via The Kid Should See This]

Joy Brown’s recent ceramic sculpture

Joy Brown ceramic Sculpture

Kent, Connecticut. I did some photo work for the artist Joy Brown who’s a good friend of mine. I’ve been doing this kind of work for her for many years and it’s wonderful to have such a great working relationship as well as a close friendship. Many times one of these will get in the way of the other but in fact, we’ve made it work well. No doubt part of the reason is that she’s a fine person who does exceptional work that’s a joy (pun) to photograph.

These pieces are out of the wood fire she did in her large anagama kiln this summer.

Joy Brown ceramic Sculpture

Joy Brown ceramic Sculpture

Joy Brown ceramic Sculpture

Joy Brown ceramic Sculpture

My First Udu

richards_uduWas up at Joy Brown’s studio yesterday for our first annual udu clay drum workshop. We watched a video on playing them, played some early attempts that folks had made, then got to work making our own. This is my first effort: two chambers connected in the middle. Hopefully it will hold together through drying and firing and it will sound, well, like it will sound. Stay tuned.