Build A Clay Oven Course at
The Sustainability Centre
16 th September 2017.
centre is the perfect
place to run a course
on ‘how to build a
I started to get the site ready for the Clay Oven Course.
When I took the Tarp off the clay I discovered a friend had
moved in. Forgetting that I was working with adults I kept
him safe until everyone had seen him and then made sure
he was released safely back into the undergrowth.
The plinth was ready
The clay and sand
After a brief introduction we made a start. We carefully dug
out some clay and successfully avoided any toads.
We mixed the clay and sand
by ‘puddling’ it. The clay was
properly puddled when a ball
dropped from should height
held its form. It began to be
clear that building a clay oven
is hard work.
We started ‘the build’.
It was a lovely mix of people
who all got involved and shared
By lunch time we had built the
first layer of clay and cut away a
section. The newspaper
worked to separate the sand
Form from the clay layer.
Everyone had a
chance to make and
cook their own pizza.
The food looked wonderful. It
was all locally sourced and
produced in a sustainable way.
Garlic pizza first.
Sadly, lunch was brought
to a close by a brief
shower of rain.
These jeans tell a story of clay and
flour and temporarily cleaner hands.
After lunch the group built the oven chimney and added an
insulation layer of wood shavings and clay slip.
We mixed the clay slip with wood shavings and used it as the
second layer of the oven. This mixed acts as an insulation layer
sandwiched between two layers of puddled clay.
The atmosphere was tense as we
removed the sand Form.
At the end of another day we had created a clay oven
(first two layers) to be proud of.