Real Dirt About Clay

What kind of geology makes the best clay for the pottery industry? Watch as a third generation potter analyzes the dirt he digs up and then converts it into fine art.

NGSS Performance Expectation: Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.

NC Essential Science Standards: Earth & Environmental Science — Explain how natural actions such as weathering, erosion, and soil formation affect the Earth’s surface.

Discussion Questions

  1. What is the geologic history of clay?
  2. Why are some places on Earth better for finding potting clay than others?
  3. What are the most important features of the clay that a potter considers when he is digging up clay?

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