Dusty red and pink shale-bed roads and driveways are common in that part of Sullivan County. Outcroppings line the highways. After one particularly wet week, I recognized that the fine creamy silt settling in puddles and along the roadside was clay. Shale, I learned, makes excellent clay.
Questions resurfaced and I still had no answers. What is this stuff? Is it Marcellus? Is it safe to use? How do you made into a usable ceramic clay? Would the final product be foodsafe? What could I make with it?
This site documents the experiments, information, stories and lessons I've learned through this ongoing investigation into the use of Marcellus Shale as a material.