Labor Day: Free Labor!

Slapped on a few batches with friends this weekend. We are at a critical point where built-in furniture needs to be planned, windows and doors installed and sculptural detail decided upon. So, a few carefully placed batches took us a long way. So grateful for friends lending energy and time that will live in the walls.

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Stomping it out
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Little cobs
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Squishing it on
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Up go the windows

Pottery Protrusions

Our friend, Careen, a fabulous potter, gave us a box of beautiful kiln mishaps.

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Key Holder near front door

These are glass green flowing pieces we will use as candle and key holders.

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We have broken cups and plates we mourned that will also be worked into the design.

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Little cup with cob head

Little things, like pottery protrusions and big things, like sculpting 10 ft high, 2 ft thick walls from clay dug out of the earth, make cob worth the time.

First Batch of Cob

A cause for celebration! The first cob went on smoothly. After testing the clay around the property, we found the stuff dug out of the foundation was soft, light and a warm, Rosen color. By the driveway, where there was a bit of excavation, the clay was yellow, crumbly and hard on the feet. When the pile is gone, we’ll keep digging for a small pond. In the picture, it looks dark brown, but it will dry lighter. The final plaster layer will contain beach sand, too, so the final color will be close to a warm buff. We buried a little box of little treasures to mark the occasion.

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