|Some rare "clay babies" from the shores of Fox Island, WA|
The occasion was today's book club meeting, where we discussed "Clay: The History and Evolution of Humankind's Relationship" by Susan Staubach. Beth brought two of the clay babies to show us. A google search of "clay babies Fox Island" turns up quite a bit of information, which boils down to this:
These rocks, which are found along a portion of the western shore of Fox Island, are concretions. Veins of high quality clay extend onto the beach and the clay is exposed to waves, tidal action, and the sun. These are the perfect ingredients for forming the unusual projections on the concretions, which often look like plump little baby figurines.
Here is just one of the many links to clay babies: http://foxislandcommunity.org/clay_babies.htm
Then we headed into Barb's wonderful backyard pottery studio, below, where she taught us all how to make clay birds. It was amazingly simple!
|Hops adorn the walkway.|
|Some of Barb's finished birds with one in progress.|
|Barb shows how to pinch the clay into a beak.|
|Side view of Barb's studio.|
And here's today's update on my yoga mat quilt. I started adding beads last night and now my mantra, as I stitch, is "Three golds, one green, three golds, one green, three golds, one green ..."
Have a colorful day!