Malcolm Gould brings us the technical aspects of extracting clay, the practical methods used and more than a bit of local colour. A most informative and entertaining read.   Historical Origins The name “kaolin” A12Si2O5(OH)4 is derived from “kao ling,” the Chinese for high ridge, because it was first found in such places in the…Continue Reading “The China Clay Industry”

The latest article takes us for a trip into clay-country as Malcolm Gould recalls his young life there in one of its small villages. I was born at my grandparents’ bungalow in Penwithick in 1956; my father was born there 30 years earlier. The bungalow is situated on the left as you enter Penwithick from…Continue Reading “Penwithick”