Definition of china clay in English:

china clay

noun

  • another term for kaolin
    • ‘They make stoneware, porcelain and ‘raku’ at the pottery, using simple ingredients such as Dorset clay ball, Devon china clay, local sand, granite from Cornwall, feldspars, limestone and basalt from Somerset.’
    • ‘A. L. Rowse was born on 4 December 1903, the son of a china clay worker at St Austell.’
    • ‘Imerys Minerals contracted the Historic Environment Service to investigate 30 ha of land where a new china clay tip is to be established.’
    • ‘Perfect for black-and-white art work, the scratchboards, available in varying thicknesses, are coated with a fine white china clay and covered with a black opaque surface.’
    • ‘In 1746 William Cookworthy, a Plymouth chemist, recognized the occurrence of kaolin in Cornwall, in south-west England, and subsequently manufactured porcelain from Cornish china clay.’
    • ‘Eden won't even waste dirt, instead pioneering a technique that created 17,000 cubic yards of soil from local organic refuse and waste from the china clay industry.’
    • ‘It starts in china clay country near the Eden Project.’
    • ‘The Eden project is a living theatre, the size of 30 football pitches, based in a china clay pit overlooking St Austell Bay in Cornwall.’
    • ‘Grown on a disused china clay pit, the project has helped regenerate the area.’
    • ‘All untitled, they are variably sized, smooth wood panels (oak, maple, knotty pine and ebony) marked by rows, ellipses or random scatters of Long's fingerprints in River Avon mud or white china clay.’
    • ‘Near St Austell in Cornwall, the long south-western peninsula of Britain which pokes into the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, there is a huge hole, a worked out quarry for china clay.’
    • ‘Following Meissen and Sèvres products, British potters began to use china clay or kaolin, when in 1768 William Cookworthy, a Plymouth chemist, proved the potential of the kaolin reserves of Cornwall.’
    • ‘A special paper coated with chalk or china clay with a stipple pattern allowed Brödel to render living tissue in lifelike quality using a carbon pencil and dust to produce halftone effects.’
    • ‘She was employed in the general coasting trade carrying such bulk cargoes as coal, china clay, cement, bricks, fertilisers and grain between many ports in Britain and Ireland.’
    • ‘In a remarkably short space of time, a giant china clay quarry has been transformed into a spectacular space age garden.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, many of these are inorganic minerals; for example talc and kaolin or china clay.’
    • ‘The Industrial Revolution and commercial expansion early this century once threatened these habitats with careless waste disposal from copper and tin mining and china clay extraction.’

Pronunciation

china clay