Positive outlook for kaolin in ceramics
Published: Wednesday, 03 April 2019
The mineral kaolinite was named after a hillside near the village of Gaoling in Jiangxi province, China, where the clay was traditionally mined to supply the nearby famous porcelain factories in Jingdezhen. Today, as Ian Wilson* and Frank Hart ** discover, China is just as important in the kaolin - and indeed the ceramics - industry.
Clay is likely to have been mined from the Jingdezhen area
for thousands of years. The Chinese porcelain was well known as
a global export, although many countries looked for
similar suitable clay sources to make high-quality ceramics,
which ultimately led to the discovery of kaolin in Cornwall, UK