Clay is the natural choice. Natural raw materials and natural production. Processes make a naturally beautiful building material. Because it’s inert, clay is also immune to the ravages of moisture, corrosion, decay and chemical action, making clay products in-demand by builders in-the-know.
Natural origins and the longest life cycle make clay products the environmentally responsible choice.
Clay building products are made from the ultimate green materials: clay and shale, which are entirely natural and in abundant supply within a short drive of the Logan plant (less energy required).
Clays are common all over the world. Some regions, as might be expected, produce large quantities of specific types of clay. It is estimated that the state of Georgia has kaolin clay reserves of 5 to 10 billion tons. The United States is self-sufficient, so that it imports only small amounts of clay from Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada, and assorted other nations. The United States exports nearly half of its production worldwide.
The nations producing the most significant amounts of the various clays are as follows:Kaolin: Brazil, United Kingdom, and the United States are the dominant producers of high quality kaolin.
Ball clays: Major producers of ball clays are Germany, the United States, United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, China, and France.
Fire clays: Major fire clay producing countries are Germany, and the United States.
Bentonite: Major producers of bentonite are the United States, Germany, Turkey, and Greece.Fuller’s Earth: Major producers of fuller’s earth are the United States (attapulgite, smectite), Spain (attapulgite, sepiolite), and Senegal (attapulgite).
Clay can be found anywhere but it is only useful for pottery if it has good "plasticity." You can test this by seeing how stretchy a piece of clay is. If you can take a piece of clay, roll it into a coil and bend it into a ring without cracking and falling apart, chances are it will make good pots and sculptures.
Natural clay that we find outside usually needs to be cleaned and refined before it can be used. Any tiny rocks and lumps are removed and some additional materials, like sand are sometimes added to create the perfect workable clay that we buy from the pottery supply house.
Me personally, I didn't know clay was a natural resource as it was. At first, I thought that there was only chemically manufactured clay and all of it came from a factory. I'm still surprised most of it originated naturally. Especially all the places it comes from and all the countries who use it. It's interesting finding all the uses it goes towards and how they affect us and the environment too.