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Judy Tait

Judy and her husband David make their home in rural Albert County where they work together to create a diverse offering of handcrafted wares made from local clay. Judy knew that historically the area’s first settlers used clay from the area to make bricks and bowls. They began searching for a suitable local source and eventually found Estuarial clay in the Bay of Fundy mudflats. Judy and her husband clean and prepare the clay themselves, a process that takes several weeks. Wildflowers, seaweeds, and marsh greens are pressed into soft clay and removed, leaving behind a distinct impression which is highlighted with a coloured glaze. During the firing process, a high level of oxidized iron lends the warm reddish tinge to the otherwise grey unfired clay.