Hand & Earth

This blog documents my exploits in digging and using local clay. This journey started a couple of years ago, and evolved through a sequence of events. I’ve always had a fondness for being out in nature, observing my surroundings, picking up bits of plastic and foraging for wild foods. I guess it was only a matter of time until I began collecting clay and rocks too.

Glaze Chemistry

In May 2018 I spent two days on a glaze chemistry workshop run by Linda Bloomfield at Forest Row School of Ceramics. This was …
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Guy Sydenham

August 2019 What better way to spend a rainy afternoon than tucking into a good read!  I am lucky enough to get my hands on a copy …
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Burseldon Brickworks

November 2019 I took a trip to our local brickworks in Swanwick, Hampshire. It is the only complete steam driven brickworks left in the …
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Dorset Geology

I have taken an interest in the geology of Dorset. We have a long history of ceramics in the area. Verwood is home to one …
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Clay on Brownsea

October 2019 Look at that clay deposit. I grabbed a small handful of each of these layers. I’m curious to find out what the mineral …
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Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island was home to it’s own pottery around 1875-1885. This was due to the discovery of a large vein of clay that was hoped …
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