Drawn to Quebec: Fire and earth

Photo: Illustration © Bethann G. Merkle, 2014

Fire and earth - working with clay is almost that simple. Add sufficient water to make the earth malleable, and you can meld three of the four "basic elements" into functional vessels and stunning works of art. Those at the peak of this artform have dedicated their lives to the craft but for beginners, working with clay can seem almost instinctive.

Age-old craft