Gault clay

Gault clay can vary in colour from dark black to white,but it’s not just black and white, there are colours in between and that is it’s essential characteristic, as this photo of a barn in Burwell Cambridgeshire shows.

The extent of Gault clay covers much of the southeast of England.I have dug it off the beach at Folkestone which is very dark,last week I gathered some off of a building site in Burwell some that was white, this photo shows the white roof tiles.

The clay has a lot of salts in it, these can be removed with Highly piosonous Barium carbonate, tile and brick works do this, I like the scumming that it causes.You can see the finger prints on this bottle.

When dug like all clay it needs processing.The clay from Folkestone contains a lot of fossils, but the white clay was clear of everything, hardly any stones.


About timbartell

I was born in a flat in Lambeth the name of which was, Wedgewood house,China walk estate.I'd forgotten this until recently,it dawned on me the significance of the names after I had become interested in pottery/ceramics.I think of myself as a potter in the most practical sense,making pots for people to use.I have never had any formal training,I took it up when the table tennis class was full.My first flat was in the same road as a pottery centre, Elmwood pottery, the best in London, 18 sessions a week and a real community. I love my craft and bore everyone with it, so am grabbing this chance to bore more people via this blog.There may be the odd interesting item, here's hoping.
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