Clay Oven newsletter 16092017

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Build A Clay Oven Course at

The Sustainability Centre

16 th September 2017.


The Sustainability

centre is the perfect

place to run a course

on ‘how to build a

clay oven’.


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

were ready.


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

the work.


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.

Many

hands

make light

work.


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.

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