Cob House Man

Posted 22 Oct 2013 in Uncategorized

About 10 years ago , we had a cob house  built in the playground at St. John’s Episcopal Preschool. I am reading a book which includes our cob house, “Dig Your Hands in the Dirt! A Manual for Making Art out of Earth,” by Kiki Denzer, and I want to share this paragraph from the foreword:


“To me, art means working for beauty before money. Beauty, as a medium for culture, craft, love, home, as well as a medium for exchange. Beauty as a vision of wholeness in a fragmented world. Beauty as an essential element of life, like air or water. Beauty as a way to nourish living culture. Beauty as a link to an unbroken chain of artists/craftsmen.humans whose hands have build homes and communities, grown food, delivered and taught children, and provided for the future. Beauty as a way of life, in which art is a common language–and participation is not a right to be won, but a simple and undeniable fact.”

Kiko Denzer

Beauty-full, indeed.


P.S. I tried out his mud painting recipe with my son- it was easy and has many possibilities!




  1. I tried out his mud painting recipe with my son last week. I’ll post the photo!

  2. Julia Glanville

    Hi Jennifer,
    that’s great. I have known about Denzer and have his earth oven book. I got this one as soon as I heard about it. While building in raw earth has been an longstanding interest of mine & a whattle and daub building of mine is part of the Tenderloin National Forest, I have yet to bring this fully to my early childhood context. It is an inspiring book -it is on my list of things to share with my new site director!

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