Clay is a block that can be smelted to form terracotta and is usually found in locations where both sand, dirt and water are present. This means it’s most commonly is a block that can be smelted to form terracotta and is usually found in locations where both sand, dirt, and water are present. Meaning it is most often found in shallow water close to landmasses. But unless you want to spend a lot of time reforming blocks, there’s a better way than just mining clay.
How to get Clay Blocks in Minecraft
Clay in Minecraft can be used to make bricks and various walls out of stained clay. You can also bake it to make terracotta of various colors. It’s a very useful decorative block, and can be kind of hard to come by. Many players will opt to use a bunch of Clay for Terracotta, which is a perfectly valid use for the block. With 16 colors of Terracotta in Minecraft, you have plenty of building options with it. Clay placed under note blocks make it produce flute sounds. Use it in any way you see fit.
Take four of those clay balls and place them in four slots inside a crafting table. Every four balls put in will generate one Block of Clay.
You can also mine the blocks directly, rather than gathering and remaking Clay Balls into Clay Blocks. Silk Touch on any Pickaxe is what you need. Preferably Diamond as it will give you a ton of blocks from one tool. If you hit the natural clay blocks without Silk Touch on a Pickaxe, you will just get Clay Balls. These can be baked into bricks, but are also great if you put them back into Block form.
Destroying a clay block with a tool enchanted with fortune does not increase the amount of clay dropped. So that means other enchants won’t be useful beyond Silk Touch.
You might want to consider the Aqua Affinity enchant if you want to spend a lot of time in the water. A potion of water breathing is another option, as it will allow you to mine for plenty of Clay in Minecraft without fear of drowning.