Positive outlook for kaolin in ceramics

By Paul Rackstraw
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 some...

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