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Anyone know which river banks / creeks have good spots for digging up some clay?
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Obviously that depends on where you are geographically and what you want the clay for.
If you are thinking of making pottery, here are some tests.
Tests for Suitable clay:
1. The sticky clay should leave a slick streak instead of pulling apart if you rub your finger across it. If it pulls apart, it is a short clay or clay that is not good to work with.
2. Make a coil; good clay will bend without breaking apart a really good clay can nearly tie it in a knot. Short or impure clay will break.
3. The best test for clay purity is the drying test; put some clay on a board and note how quickly it loses moisture. Good clay will take a very long time to dry but impure clay dries quickly.
A cave floor can be excellent source for good clay but watch for the presence of limestone and sandstone. Limestone in the clay is usually from pieces of the stalactites, walls and floor breaking off. Limestone in clay is undesirable because piece of limestone in the pottery will explode or pop out when fired. If the clay feels gritty with a lot of limestone in it, you can still purify it later.
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