Durable, Usable and Beautiful
We give little thought to the raw beauty of clay and how it has enriched our lives in so many ways. This organic form of earth has proven through the ages to be functional, medicinal and beautifying.
Man discovered clay when digging, and while rolling the mound of earth within his hands, he pondered and experimented in forming it. Making different objects, he learned that if shaped into vessels, he could store food and water in them. Clay had found its function.
Functional uses of clay can be seen in everyday use such as dishes, fruit bowls, flower vase, terracotta planter pots, bean pot and many other things. And let us not forget the toilet!
One slightly odd and unique functional use of clay is 3D printing with clay. A group called WASP invented a 3D printer that extrudes clay to build forms, functional pieces and can even create a shelter that also includes straw. The shelter resembles a beehive. This ingenuity lacks the human touch with clay but does provide compositions that are uniform and beautiful.
Most are not aware that clay has medicinal benefits and has been used to treat ailments throughout time.
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Diaper Rash
Clay has been known to be skin’s best friend. Spas worldwide offer treatments that have added benefits of using clay. It is considered a luxury to have a mud soak in a tub or have a clay massage.
Cosmetics and beauty products now come packed with the benefits of adding clay.
- Foundation, concealer, and mineral face powder promote a healthier appearance and fight acne.
- Facial masks containing clay exfoliates and purifies skin cells and has a rejuvenating effect.
- Hair Products such as pomades, mousse, paste, and wax contain clay promoting healthier and shinier hair.