CLAY COLORS

CLAY COLORS ———–

JIM PECHA, B.ARCH., CHRISTIAN ARTIST,
MINISTER OF CREATIVITY, COPYRIGHT 2014 ———

In all my hikes around New Mexico, I always carried with me some bags or small containers to pick up samples of clay. Then I would paint a ceramic pot with the different clays to see what colors they would turn into when fired. The vast majority fired to different shades of orange, but some were surprising, from greens to reds to blues to beige, and a few turned black. The ancient potters must have traded with each other for the various colors. Of course, while hiking it was always a temptation to add a little water to the clays for face and body painting, something that seems natural when your half naked because of the heat of the sun. I appreciated all the pottery shards I found when I saw their colors. Just something else to do as your hiking, besides watching for the geological formations, pueblo ruins, old wagon train ruts and left items along the trails.

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