Start at the beginning
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.
October 2019 Look at that rich black clay deposit. I grabbed a small handful of each of these layers. I'm curious to find out what the mineral content is. Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour used to a have a pottery. Interestingly, it closed down as it wasn't sustainable due to the clay they were using. However, Poole harbour is home to some of the finest Ball Clay in the world.
I have taken an interest in the geology of Dorset. We have a rich history of ceramics in the area. Verwood is home to one of the oldest Roman pottery sites, and there was a working pottery there until fairly recently. There were also potteries dotted around Sandford (Wareham), Purbecks, and of course Poole (Poole Pottery being the most well know of recent years, sadly now closed and working from a factory in Denby). The reason for all this activity is down to the lay of the land, and the rich clay deposits of the area.