For the last, and rather delicate part
of finishing a clay wall,
gather all your tools
and set up a nice work space.
We are a practice of our people. We come together with the common passion to make and create.
We believe in forging lasting relationships within our ecosystem.
Our community of artisans, architects, engineers, artists, and makers constantly grows.
Any fine clay will do. (take a walk with a sieve)
Use the clay to form a slurry,
and apply the thinnest coat possible
and allow for it to dry.
We are a practice of materials. We love making with clay, and the earth around us.
We engage with lime, from kilns both indigenous and technological.
We bring in rice husk, straw and conversations from around our geographical belt.
We think of our work as circular and inclusive.
Our passion lies in crafting with natural materials, weaving ecology and the community of a region.
Using the finest of sprays,
mist the clay surface.
Gauging the amount of water needed comes with practice,
It takes a few tries to get the perfect wetness to float the wall.
We like to dwell deep into our crafts and practices. Research is essential.
Both material and cultural. We engage in conversation with, and find inspiration in traditional knowledge banks;
while working together with them to reinterpret and reinvent their expressions.
When the surface feels right,
pick up your favourite float.
There is no perfect shape, or length of tool.
It comes down to you and the clay.
We are a community of makers, not shy to move between the drawing board and the earth pit.
Not hesitant to span brick vaults, to make earth floors or build bamboo walls.
We pick projects with care, mindful of our need to learn, explore and deepen our ties with the ecosystem around us.
Of wanting to be around and work with people sensitive to ideas of sustainability, ecology and art.
If all has gone well, and you’ve taken a deep breath,
press gently and move across the surface,
The fine clay, now burnished, should stand beaming,
Reflecting you in all its glory.
Team Made IN EARTH Collective
Collaborators and Supporters
Auroville Earth Institute
Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India
Dr. H B Nagaraj
Department of Civil Engineering, B. M. S. COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING