Clay getting

Sean digs clay from a farm near St Andrews to use local mate­ri­als as much as pos­si­ble. The link to the film below shows the meth­ods used to get the clay to a work­able state.

Dig­ging for clay

The clay is from a raised marine deposit, around 30000 years old. The clay, prob­a­bly along with oth­er mate­ri­als, was washed out to sea and the par­ti­cles of a sim­i­lar size were set­tled out in lay­ers. The lay­ers can clear­ly be seen in ‘clean’ sam­ples of the clay, where more recent wind and rain has­n’t got to it.

The process of prepar­ing the clay is described in this quirky wee video