iandol on tue 31 oct 00
I understand that on the Indian Sub Continent they incorporate liberal =
amounts of animal manure to their clays to improve plasticity as well as =
create an on board flux and fuel. Now that, Martin, is getting the most =
out of the resource.
Martin Howard on wed 1 nov 00
amounts of animal manure to their clays to improve plasticity as well as
create an on board flux and fuel. Now that, Martin, is getting the most out
of the resource.>
Yes, they do have more sense and less sensibility about natural things. They
know that light soils need night soil; so light clay bodies need the same.
Yet we modern westerners flush it away into our aquifers, rivers and down to
the sea, leaving the soil low in humus so that it fries in any amount of sun
and fails to absorb water when wet, causing floods. Who are the most
Now if we could accept clay mugs fired with some dry waste broiler litter
and glazed with pet ash and cat litter, with bodies including a little
organic material, we might also become civilised and have some chance of
making progress in this new millennium.
It's such a shame that we keep the Victorian standards of purity in our
table ware, but have lost them in so many other fields of life. The result
is a mish mash of standards which do us and the planet no good at all.
Martin Howard, having just taken one of the cats off the roof while still in
my night attire, because it was raining and she was loosing her grip, (bit
like me perhaps :-)) at
Webb's Cottage Pottery
Woolpits Road, Great Saling
BRAINTREE, Essex CM7 5DZ