Oh, this is exciting! Never have I seen such wonderful earthen sculpture. Cob art, ecological buildings, colorful earthen floor tiles, educational programs. This dynamic team of artists in Drewsteignton, UK will knock your socks off. Jacki Abey and Jill Smallcombe teamed up in 2000. Jackie has trained at Taunton Art School and is a painter, while Jill has a degree in sculpture from Bath Academy and works as a interior designer, teacher and sculptor.
Cob = clay-rich soil, sand, straw, water + human energy!
People often forget to mention the human energy when speaking of the ingredients of cob! It’s either human energy or some other mechanical method of mixing. Electric mixer cob, tracker cob, tiller cob, cattle trodden etc. I mixed it up on a poly-propylene tarp. What’s nice about using a tarp is you can toss the material around, pulling the edges towards you while you mix. A basic mix might be 70% sand and %30 clay, with straw to ‘taste’. The ratios change from site to site as different sites have different soil content. In this video I was using a 2 clay-rich soil to 1 sand. I probably could have used more sand, but the batch worked fine for me. Continue Reading…
What’s a cobbers thumb?
It’s an ancient thumb passed down from master to apprentice.
An object with special powers to metaphysically tune the mystical material – cob. An electronic device that samples the ratio of water, clay, sand and straw. Then chimes when the mix is suitable for building.