Happy Earth Day!
There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day.
A good amount of our ceramic clay (clay that comes from materials from the earth) artists work is inspired by nature.
Here are a few samples from our BOCPAT members:
|Mary Harding Jewelry|
Some of the most common sustainable practices for Ceramic Clay bead makers are:
1. Save and re-use scrap clay in your studio.
2. Don't fire pieces that are of poor craftsmanship, recycle the clay instead and use again.
3. Firing of kilns when they are full of pieces (bisque beads into bowls or cylinders). Glaze fire when you have enough ready.
4. Some clay bead artists "once fire" their work - where their techniques allow them to glaze their greenware pieces, then fire their work one time (vs bisque firing, then glaze firing).
5. Have an alternative, environmentally friendly energy source (such as wind, solar, etc) to help offset the energy cost of traditional energy sources.
6. The use of found objects to create texture and for inspiration.
7. Using as much natural daylight in your studio and change over to environmentally friendly, energy efficient light bulbs in the studio (maybe even have light "zones" in your studio space so some lights in unused areas can remain off).
This is just a short list of things that over the years you read about, start to implement, and come to realize what other little things you can do to change up your "green" practices every day.
Here are some great articles that I came across about Sustainability Practices in the Ceramic Clay Studio:
By Kristin Schimik, June 28, 2010 (Ceramic Arts Daily Blog)
By Brian Kluge, April 19, 2010 (Ceramics Arts Daily Blog)
What kind of environmentally friendly practices do you implement in your studio? Even if it is not a clay studio?