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Whenever decorating your home and garden, one of the best things to do first is to layout the main focal areas that the eye will draw to first. Focal points can be anything from statues, fountains, structures or even pottery, and act like that finishing bow on a present. By having designated areas of interest, itâ€™s easier to expand from that area and create a visual harmony in your landscaping design. Pottery is a cost effective, functional, and aesthetically beautiful way to accent any interior or backyard dĂ©cor. What makes pottery so ideal is the durability, color variations, size versatility and the low maintenance. Because pottery is made from natural elements, itâ€™s also an eco-friendly choice just like bamboo.
Before diving into selecting which pottery is best for you, here is some information on where clay comes from, how it is formed, and what types of clay make up the various types of pottery that you see.
Clay, made from minerals, sediment, animals, plant life, and other ingredients of the soil, is found in the ground usually locative to areas surrounding running water such as rivers and banks, or where water once was. Water pressure, over time breaks up and compresses these ingredients into fine particles. The filtration process between rocks and sand removes larger particles and leaves what is called â€śsiltâ€ť which then settles into beds of clay. The purity and distance this silt travels from its source is what determines what type of clay it becomes.
There are three most commonly used type of clay: Earthenware, Stoneware and Kaolin.
Earthenware: also known as â€ścommon clayâ€ť is a type of clay that has travelled along the river banks and has picked up other minerals and sediments along the way, before settling. After firing, it is still porous clay and without glazing is either white or gray. Frequent seen usage of Earthenware includes Terra Cotta and roof tiling.