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Where are some good places to dig my own clay around Utah County? Preferrably somewhere that's free  

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Wow, what a great question.  I will spread the word to our offline community that we are looking for answers to this question.  In the meantime, can you tell us what you do to propoerly collect, process and prepare natural clay?

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Well... I am still learning and experimenting but here are the steps:
1 Gather/dig clay, dry or wet from the ground.
2 Soak clay for a few days in a 5 gallon bucket of water. (bigger bucket for more clay)
3 After clay is completely dissolved pour soupy mixture over a screen into another bucket. (to remove debris, rocks, roots, leaves etc.)
4 Let clay settle in bucket for a day or two. Clay will settle to bottom of bucket, water on top.
5 Ladle as much water as possible out of the bucket. Scoop remaining clay out of bucket and into an old pillow case. Let the clay dry in the pillowcase on the ground (the ground helps draw out moisture) until it reaches the preferred workable consistancy (about a day).

*Add Temper...(I'm not sure when is the best time to add...maybe after ladling the water off it would be easier to mix the temper into soggy clay) "Different types of clay and different types of temper must be mixed at various ratios to obtain a workable pottery clay. Typically the amount of clay varies from 50-70% and the amount of temper from 30-50%."

Any corrections, advice or input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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