[Clayart] cow paddys

robert hackert ndiaman at hotmail.com
Wed Apr 6 19:47:24 UTC 2022

Mel: when I lived in Lahore, many out skirt villages used buffalos dung formed into Pattie’s, drying them and bridges house, fence walls, heat source. Renewal source. The thatch roof’s proved a little risky. Roof rats would take up residence. Then a cobra found a new food source, rats. But to your comment, if a cobra scenses a threat, we’ll you know what follows.
Rob Hackert

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> On Apr 6, 2022, at 2:34 PM, mel jacobson <melpots at mail.com> wrote:
> Kurt Wild got very excited to use dung as a heat source
> for low temp pottery.  Black ware and such was fired for
> years using dung...but, "DRY DUNG"  ....
> People have the perception that cow dung is wet, sloppy,
> icky stuff. And, it is.  But dung found in dry climates, esp
> cattle and goat sheep dung is like a grass paddy.
> Most of what goes in a cow is grasses.  What comes out is used up grass.
> When working in Dubai I wanted very dry camel dung. Makes for a hot fire.
> The Sheiks office wanted to know "what in the hell does he want that for???"
> Firing Pots.  So they sent a Michigan Loader with about 800 lbs of dung
> from the precious, world class race camels stable.
> That dung fired hot, blue flame and we got jet black "Maria" ware, and
> everyone in my class made black bears, burnished with sea shells. A couple
> of women from Ok and New Mex cried. They never thought we could do it.
> They had been to those pottery villages.  Man, was that fun.
> In India cow dung is used for fuel, and there is a stack in every kitchen.
> I am sure that in many rural, or poor areas, it is the same in 2022 as 1950.
> I actually saw women rubbing with great vigor cow paddy material on their wooden
> bread making table. The patina was stunningly lovely. I ate puri bread made on one
> of those tables. Think of warm gee butter soaked fresh hot bread.
>  The tandoor ovens used dung, along with thin strips of wood. Man
> is that good, makes my mouth water thinking of the real stuff. The oven is piled brick
> with the fire at the bottom. The dough is flattened and thrown flat against the brick.
> When done, the fellow uses a fork and pulls it out.  It had to have been 400f on that
> brick wall. (they also baked chicken in that oven.  The oven is called a "tandoor".
> I have been blessed with the ability to ask.."CAN I SEE?".  Ask the owner of an Indian
> restaurant if you can go in the kitchen.."I am a potter, I want to see the Tandoor."
> In I go.  Same in a great Chinese kitchen...Nee How Ma.  So many of the commercial woks
> have a gas foot feed. It turns the wok red hot in 15 seconds. You should see fresh hot and sour
> soup made in a very hot wok. 2 minutes.
> We asked the zoo keeper at the Rockie Mnt. zoo, Denver if we could see baby Tigers...
> He said, "fine, follow me, and we went behind a door and in a cage was a mammouth mama tiger
> and six newborns. My son Mark was 12, a high lite.  He also went to the Cobra Zoo in Madras.
> He was in heaven. 4,000 cobras.  (They milk them for venom to make antidotes.")
> So, anyway, lots of stuff to see out there in the big world.
> Be polite, smile and give respect, and they ask you in the kitchen.
> Amazing thought. So often ignored.   You can smell arrogance from a mile away.
> Love to all, Mel
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