Clay is one of our most abundant natural resources. Despite our region’s notoriety for sand and the glass industry, we also have an abundance of clay in South Jersey. Join this virtual conversation with ceramic artist Terry Plasket as he discusses the process of prospecting, processing, and firing local wild clay from Vineland, New Jersey.
Terry will show and explain the process of preparing local clay from start to finish to achieve a viable clay body, and share the successes and failures he has encountered. Digging and processing clay by hand is an arduous task. However, there is something about this connection to making pottery that is not only personally rewarding but also a humbling reminder of the labor involved for previous generations of potters whose process included clay-making.
To conclude, Terry will take viewers on a short tour of the WheatonArts Pottery Studio and kiln site.