Not the desert but the clay. Thought I give Death Valley a try since it's a high fore body and most of my firings are going that way. It's a medium course clay that is easy to throw, fires to a reddish buff in oxidation.
This was a technique I read about called "dry throwing", using no water at all. Interesting look but don't think I'll do it very often.
This one was going good till it started to twist off just above the base, was able to salvage it and will be go for a trailing plant to drape over the side.
Cracked this one with sodium silicate
Builders sand was used to add texture here