Mud, clay, silt… call it what you will. It’s wet, dirty and delicious (OK, not that). It’s good for slinging, stomping in, stirring in a bucket and serving as a pie or a cake. We tried all these things today as part of The Big Play Box and we had a thoroughly mucky time. Yes, there was some tasting and that’s how we know it’s not delicious.
Mud and clay are also great for building, binding and finishing surfaces, and of course as moulding and sculpting materials.
‘Mud, Mud, glorious mud
Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood!
So follow me, follow
Down to the hollow
And there let us wallow
In glorious mud’
Lyrics from The Hippopotamus Song by Flanders and Swann. Yemen adobe house interiors photos by Giulio Oriani. Chinese house featuring terracotta warrior head, photographed by Mirjam Bleeker. Pottery vases shown in Vogue Living Set/Oct 2004 by artists Simone Fraser, Fredolsen, Jeff Mincham, Ryoji Koie, Tony Nankervis and Owen Rye. Kenyan house of Marzia Chierichetti (above) photographed by Debi Treloar.