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Download and read online Clay in PDF and EPUB Explains how clay is dug from the ground and used to make many things from drain pipes to china ornaments.
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Download and read online Raised in Clay in PDF and EPUB Raised in Clay is a remarkable portrait of pottery making in the one of the oldest and richest craft traditions in America. Focusing on more than thirty potters in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, and Kentucky, Nancy Sweezy tells how
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