The Green River and the Green Clay

I am in the middle of teaching a week-long workshop at my studio.  We are also in the middle of a heat wave here in New England.  Today was a real scorcher at 100 degrees, so at the end of our day we walked down to the river behind my studio to a favorite swimming hole.  The Green River is rightfully named that because of the green clay found throughout the river.  The water is such a gorgeous color green because of the light green color of the clay.  My students gave themselves facials with the bentonite-like clay, and floated happily in the mineral soft water.  They want to go back tomorrow at the end of our day, hopefully I’ll remember to bring a camera.

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2 thoughts on “The Green River and the Green Clay

  1. Not much body for throwing but good for handbuilding with a little sand added to it. There is a local native American in town who makes traditional coil pots with the clay. The clay fires to an orange color. He rubs oil into the pot and burnishes them, then adds local shells woven around the pot. Really nice work.

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