In the process of making pottery pieces with commerically available clay, material is always left over. It can accumulate quickly, and, if thrown away, would create unecessary trash and be wasteful. The best way to handle these scraps is reclaim and reuse them. A mixture of whatever clay has been used in the last month or so is processed and stored to be made into new pottery. The combination of light and dark commercially-bought clays that are mixed usually results in a light brown that fires to a toasty, almond color and infuses lighter glazes with a subtle texture of iron speckles. Here are some of the steps in the recycled clay process.
1. Throwing with commercially bought clay.
3. Trimmings and scraps put into a bin of water.
5. Different kinds of clay are mixed together.
7. After a few weeks the clay begins to solidify.
9. The recycled clay is wedged before using.
2. Material from trimming pottery pieces collected.
4. Liquified clay is scooped from the bin.
6. Mixed clay is poured onto plaster bats for drying.
8. When the clay can be handled it's stored.
10. New pieces are made with the reclaimed clay.