La Paloma Cerámicas — a little trip to the brick factory

Take care with your ears on this little vid. The volume may be set quite high! Plus the tune is a little repetitive ;) — my apologies! Although it is a  hopeful start to more videos in my life!

A week or so ago we went to visit a nearby ceramics factory in Segovia…(about an hour from Madrid — well worth the trip. It was not bad for a brick factory I say! I think everything can be interesting when you are willing to engage with it, and being interested in production methods, ceramics and behind the sceans peaks — I found it quite enjoyable! Although I can see how others may find it mundane.  It was quite difficult to understand the spanish over the noise of the machinery so I missed a lot of the details unfortunately! (As usually here in Spain! — maybe one day)😉

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The clay come from over the mound,

The clay comes from joust over the mound, although unfortunately it had been raining so they were not extracting.

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Abrasive clay, before and after

Abrasive clay, before and after!

Steam compressor

Steam compressor — a little intimidating from this angle

Extruder

Extruder — the clay came out steaming hot! …well lets say surprisingly warm

Extruder moldes

Worn extruder moldes

Worn extruder mould! And this is why we must sharpen our tools!

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Bricks waiting for loading into the drying kiln

Bricks waiting for loading into the drying kiln

The two tunnel kilns

The two tunnel kilns which are continuously firing

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Colour Range...although there is not much demand for green bricks doesn't mean it is not possible!

Colour Range…although there is not much demand for green bricks doesn’t mean it is not possible!

 

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