Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Eric Kniss

Degree Award Date

Fall 2019


ceramics, pottery, wheel-thrown, clay, clay body, local, glaze


Art and Design | Art Practice | Ceramic Arts


Several samples of raw clay from Augusta County, Virginia were analyzed, and one was chosen to develop into a clay body that could successfully be thrown on the wheel, fired, and made into functional ware. The characteristics of plasticity, strength, absorption, and glaze effects were important when deciding what materials to add to the raw clay samples. Issues included low plasticity when throwing, cracking while drying, warping when firing, and pinholing in the glaze fire. A recipe was developed that worked well for the chosen clay, found in a roadside in Craigsville, Virginia.

Recommended Citation

Heeb-Wade, Olivia. “Developing a Local Clay Body: Augusta County, Virginia.” Senior Honors Projects, Bridgewater College, 2019

Force Open Access