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20090114_2360, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

These diggings invariably fill with water during the winter and provide a haven for wildlife of many varieties – water is always in short supply this far south.

New work – clay

20090114_2349, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

The clay is then ground down to a finish paste inside a rock crusher and water added to produce a uniform but rough paste. This is put by hand into a simple mould, (coated with ashes to ease its leter extraction), and flattened with a wooden spatula.