Firing clay

Brenda, one of our awesome resident volunteers, has been experimenting with clay in her free time.  Out of several volunteers and visitors who talked about figuring out a way to fire pottery, Brenda is the first to put the clay into the fire.  Quite literally.

Rather than messing around with pit firing or building a kiln, Brenda went back to basics and stuck some of her clay art into one of our campfires.  Surprisingly this primitive method worked just fine. The photo below is of the finished products, taken by Brenda.

Pottery is one of the popular activities at the Bosque.  We can use a mixture of dirt from the forest and dirt from Tzintzuntzan, a town across the lake that specializes in beautiful pottery.  We buy large bags of white dirt to mix with our dirt and make masks, basic pots, and trinkets.  The clay was also used to make the mold for Charles’ giant puppet head.

Our future plans do include pit firing (the pit was dug about a year ago!) and a kiln, but for now we’re quite happy to use the campfires.

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