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Making Primitive Pottery

Making pottery is one of those things that a lot of people don’t think of as a prepper skill, but if things went bad we would still need to use cups, plates, and water filters (yes clay is used as a water filter).  Always good to know as many skills as you can, and besides messing with clay is a relaxing past time.

We attended a 2 day pottery class at Practical Primitive in Great Meadow with instructors Eddie and Julie.  It was an incredible class, we learned the whole process from harvesting dirt, separating the clay, then processing and adding to it to get it ready for firing, then creating our pieces and then how to correctly fire the pieces (an art on its own).  This goes beyond regular pottery classes.

We had such a great time and got so much information out of it.  It also made me realize just how it takes many trials to really learn the craft of firing the pottery in a fire pit.  The temperature must increase slowly otherwise you’ll hear the dreaded ping… there goes your project shattering in the middle of the fire.  And on the other hand the fire must be hot enough to complete the firing process.  Also it amazed me that you can get clay anywhere if you follow Eddie’s process.

Here’s a very brief picture overview of what we did, so much more was involved… I never realized how many processes are involved to make your own clay.


Gathering the clay


Now we get dirty... separating the clay, I love it !!! Just the start of this process.


Eddie showing us how to work the clay


Firing the pottery


Almost finished


Finished Pottery

Eddie and Julie are good hosts, they have a beautiful spot to teach their crafts and I’m sure a lot of people return for more classes. I would highly recommend anyone to take their primitive pottery class, an experience.

For more information on their classes, check out the Practical Primitive website:

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