potter's clay

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clay that does not contain any iron

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He mentions tuff (tophus), meagre gravel (glarea) and unctuous earth (pinguis gleba), further chalky soil (cretosa humus), potter's clay or "argilla" (creta qua utuntur figuli quamque nonnulli argillam vocant), coarse sand (sabulo), and ruddle / red ochre (rubrica).
In his text he mentions gypsum (gypsum), mortar (maltha), limestone (calx), lime (calx viva), burnt lime (calx recens), marble (marmor), potter's clay (argilla) and the use of earthen (fictilis) pipes as water ducts.
On the other hand--again in contrast to Pliny--Isidore makes no attempt to be exhaustive; his examples of earths (taken from previous sources) are relatively few, including only potter's clay (argilla, from which "vessels--vasa--are made", i.
Personally I think the best age to do them is between four and six months when babies are gorgeous and chubby and enjoy plunging their hands into the wet potter's clay.
One such is a derelict in the street: the straw in his hair begins to resemble a halo, the face "from so many sunsets" becomes like potter's clay, and his jaded plea for alms transforms itself in the poet's ears to tragic eloquence: "as he begged in this way, I felt that he was asking for talent, yearning for progeny, seeking the meaning of life.