Clay, clay, clay - finally canned.
01 July 2011
We've been talking clay, brainstorming clay, dicking clay. We have made tiles, pots and lots of small sculptures with clay. We had a clay spa evening and the list of what we could with it is long. The beauty of clay is its simplicity and for now the one I still have from our field is simply canned. That'll keep it for a while. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Höfer Goods going Northern Ireland
20 May 2011
I just sent two nice parcels with goodies from Höfen for a One Day International Village Shop in Ballykinler, near Belfast. They include the bestseller Butterspoons, some Doylee Bags, home made Schnaps and freshly potted clay. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
10 May 2011
public works has developed a new product with a group of women from the "Forever Young Pensioners" group, and there are quite a few Höfen - Ballykinler connections through the Rhyzom project, which also took place in both villages last year.
The local clay is in demand. After an evening of talking and testing clay beauty and health treatments, many took clay home to treat sour knees, aching shoulders, the neck, etc. The idea is to try it for a week or two and see if it helps, even though many remember that clay treatmens were used successfully a few decades ago. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
18 April 2011
I've dug some clay, and we are going to use it during an evening event on 9th May to make clay facials, wrappings and a foot bath. Sylvia Hellmuth, who is also from Höfen, knows a lot about seasonal wild herbs, and will mix some extratcs into the clay. Gabriele Götz, a construction biologist from a nerrby clay factory is going to join and explain some construction techniques using unfired clay. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Clay and Food - ongoing
11 January 2011
This is still part of summing up the Höfer Goods 2010, and I think we will simply package some clay for medical home use. Clay is what it is - and it would be good to remember some of the very simple home recipes and pass them on. Especially when they work.
I ve been talking to Christine Bernhard, an artist friend and colleague, a few times since October. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
She has done extensive proper experimental work to do with food growing, processing and eating, and it would be nice if she could get involved in the Höfer Waren 2010 ideas. Today we spoke about different "societies" amongst the plants, and there are "Ackerunkrautgesellschaften" (field-weed-society) which grow on clay rich ground. So instead of wrapping the fruit that grows on trees which stand on this ground, it might be an idea to do something with the weed growing on clay. I m going to talk to Herrn Back who came to the clay workshop in May, to see what he knows about the relationship between weed, clay and making pots....