ГЛИНА _|_ CLAY / GLINA [ˈɡlʲinə]
Hint with an alternative definition: it is like a fine argil, clunch, kaolin, clay*, it clams to fingers & nails, and you have to clean it out, but you can link pieces of clay and make a flagon (clay jar for a vine) or bricks (for a kiln) / *inner clay (from the soil)
Hints with translation + consonant words (by sounds or letters): dirty gel in the land / imagine a gleaner with clay jar full of seeds / with clay you can go from nil to a glance (good things & wares)
Russian pro-tip: гор слюна, льнёт к рукам.
Mental visualization: ГЛ (two palms of a ceramist and clay on a potter’s wheel) + ИН (firing clay) + А (finished vase)