Clay Tasting at Preston Manor
Updated: May 18
This week I enjoyed a spot of of 'clay tasting' at Sibelco's Preston Manor Ball Clay works, Newton Abbot. 'Clay tasting' is the most direct method of determining the clay's quality, a practice which has been used by generations of clay workers. Sibelco, who run the Ball Clay works in South Devon, are sponsoring my forthcoming workshops Wild Clay Wednesdays taking place at Stover Country Park this summer. As part of my sponsorship Quarry Manager Darrin Hewings, who is a fifth generation clay worker, gave me a tour of the Ball Clay works. The highlight of my visit was undoubtedly the clay tasting!