As soon as I asked one of the workers if we could see the clay process he just pointed across the road toward the rice field and jumbled out some fast chinese to James. Next thing ya know we are walking through this beautiful part of rural china. Lots of rice ,as you can see, along the way to the clay pit.
And here is a picture of the clay digging site. Evidently they use loads of clay here, but I can tell you that this whole bottom is full of this amazing clay so there is plenty more awaiting use. I absolutely LOVE digging and using local clays. The smell, the feeling, and just knowing you are doing it the same way that the neolithic did it so many years ago.
This is the building where they take the clay to be processed. Notice the tiles and piece of old broken jar on the very top.
this is a homemade pugmill where they do some de airing and mixing before use in the shop. Pretty sweet setup if you ask me.