Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995):
The Old Rolls on Bodmin Moor; China Clay Landscape, circa 1950
Framed (ref: 7815)
Titled to reverse, The Old Rolls on Bodmin Moor China Clay Landscape
Provenance: The artist's son, Quentin Bone, thence by descent.
China clay, as the name suggests, is a material known as kaolin, which was first used in China more than ten thousand years ago to make fine white porcelain. By the turn of the twentieth century the landscape of the St Austell area had become transformed by numerous pits, conical dumps, settling tanks, engine houses and pan kilns for the extraction of its deposits of Kaolin.