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Jurassic coast

We recently visited the Dorset Jurassic coast, so named because it features layers of Jurassic limestone: 145 million year old Portland stone and Purbeck stone, as well as layers of Wealden clay, Greensand and Cretaceous chalk cliffs. Some of these layers contain fossil sea urchins and shells, and there is a even a fossil forest, with […]

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Geological map of Britain

Geology and everything

I went to Bath at the weekend, walking from Bradford on Avon along the canal, then through a mile long railway tunnel cut into the limestone. In Monkton Combe we passed the house of William Smith, who made the first geological map of Britain in 1815. The map shows the white streak of oolitic limestone which […]

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science, potters, geology, chemistry, glazes, clay

New book Science for Potters

I am excited that my next book Science for Potters is coming out soon. The cover shows a pair of Atomic Bottles by Kate Malone, covered with atoms and crystals. The book will cover chemistry, geology, clay, crystals, the science behind colour and glazes. For anyone who would like to know a bit more about the […]

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Map of clay deposits in UK

Geology for potters

I am currently writing a book on Science for Potters for the American Ceramics Society. An extract on Geology for Potters has been published in Ceramics Monthly November 2015. Many potters use locally sourced clays and rocks in their clay bodies, slips and glazes. While researching for my book, I have become interested in geology […]

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