We live in an area with rich natural resources. Glacial marine clay has been used by the people of Maine for centuries and it continues to play an important role in our state’s creative economy. The videos and downloadable tutorials found below offer guidance on digging, processing, and working with this versatile material.
Digging clay is an art and a science! Follow along with Watershed teaching artist Malley Weber as she goes on a clay dig.
For more detailed information, follow this step-by-step tutorial on finding and digging clay in Maine. The pdf guide can be downloaded and printed or shared online.
Processing your wild clay will benefit your projects and pieces. Watershed teaching artist Malley Weber covers the basics in this short video.
For an in-depth tutorial, follow Watershed’s step-by-step guide to processing wild clay. The pdf guide can be downloaded and printed or shared online.
Further Reading & Resources
The geologic history of Maine has afforded us abundant glacial marine clay to access around the state. The links below provide historical background and geological context for Maine’s rich history in clay.
- Glacier Activity, Marine Deposits, and Maine’s Brick-Making History
- Brick-Making in Maine
- Maine’s Blue Clay
- Quarrying in Maine