Photo: Clay chopped up with a spade, mixed with water and sand.
Photo: A layer of paper to stop sand from the form getting between the hearth bricks.  Also a core of soil for the form to save sand.
Photo: The sand form.  The moist sand was easy to shape.  Placing handfuls initially gave a misshapen mound, but it was easily smoothed out with moderate hand pressure, running the hand over the surface.
Photo: Paper to stop the clay sticking to the sand.  The paper sticks to itself, not the sand, so it was easiest to lay on sheets in opposing pairs which stopped each other slipping off.  Also, excess paper touching the bricks was trimmed so the clay will be in contact with the bricks.
Photo: Adding clay.  As with the sand it was relatively easy to form by running an open hand over it firmly.
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Terry Brown
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The sand form. The moist sand was easy to shape. Placing handfuls initially gave a misshapen mound, but it was easily smoothed out with moderate hand pressure, running the hand over the surface.
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