Clay Store

I once ran out of clay. I exclaimed to a friend that I needed to "go get some more".

My friend is my friend partly because she is so interested about the same things in which I'm interested. She also brings a different perspective to me. I sometimes take knowledge for granted. She paused, and then asked, “I know you use clay. I know you must obtain clay. Where does one buy clay? I have never heard nor read who sells clay.”

I responded with a big grin on my face, “I go to a clay supply store.”

But then I thought, “That really is a good question. Clay is not something you usually run out to the corner store to buy.”

So I added, “Seriously, there’s usually at least one in every major metropolis.”

My friend has been over at least two continents. She’s done a lot of shopping in her life. She’s smart and savvy.

“I have never seen a ‘clay store’,” she mused.

So then I elaborated.

“You haven’t seen a clay store because they usually are located in the industrial part of a town.

Clay is dirty and cheap per pound. That means there’s no sense putting clay in an expensive retail environment.

Clay is also very heavy. That means a loading dock is needed to freight the clay in and out of the building.

Ergo, a clay store is in an industrial building in an industrial area. Hopefully, not a 'bad' area during the day.”

I didn’t tell my friend that I one day I might make my own clay. Even if I could dig some clay out of the earth, I’d still have to mix in extra ingredients to make it good clay. A good clay would have just the right texture, would have plasticity and would fire at the cone temperature that I wanted. All that means is that I’d still have to run to the clay store to get the ingredients.