Brickfield

Brickfield Activities 2020

Brickfield is an experimental temporary community brickworks set in Blackpool Pit, Trewoon, St Austell. Come and have a go at making a brick and/or join the team on walks our and about in clay country.

Brickmaking Workshops

Come and have a go at making a brick, something that is wonderfully simple and accessible to all! Our workshops start out with an introduction to the clay beneath our feet, weighing and mixing a variety of materials to make our Brickfield brick clay mix, followed by a demo of how to make a brick by kneading he clay in to a large block and throwing it with some force into a wooden mould. It’s a simple and surprisingly addictive process and it’s quite astonishing how obsessive you can get about the precision of the corners of an oblong block of clay!

You’ll need to allow a couple of hours minimum for brick making, but if you get the bug you can stay all day and help us improve our productivity – our aim for 2020 is to make at least 500 bricks! No sweat!

Fieldtrips

These are informal walks starting our from the Brickfield site at Blackpool Pit. While we ‘re walking we like to chat about what we can see, landmarks around St Austell, the shape of the land and how that came about, amongst many other things. Sometimes we are joined by local experts and sometimes not. Fieldtrips are generally on Saturdays starting at 11.00am. You will need to bring a packed lunch, water and wear some sturdy shoes and waterproofs. It’s not going to rain obviously!

All fieldtrips and workshops are free and open to all ages and abilities. If you have any special requirements do let us know. When the weather is fine there is plenty of space for making bricks and when it rains we will be using our new Brickfield shelter and numbers will be limited

Key Dates

Sat 2 May, 11.00am – 3.00pm, join us for a walk in clay country. Start, Brickfield Site, Blackpool Pit, Trewoon, St Austell

Fri 15 May, 10.30am – 4.00pm, Hey Clay! Brickfield Challenge

Sat 16 May, 10.30am – 4.00pm Hey Clay! Brickfield Challenge

Fri 29 May, 10.30am – 4.00pm – public brickmaking workshop with claymixing and brickmaking demos at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Join in for couple of hours or stay all day!

Sat 30 May, 10.30am – 4.00pm – public brickmaking workshop with claymixing and brickmaking demos at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Join in for couple of hours or stay all day!

Sat 6 June, 11.00am – 3.00pm, join us for a walk in clay country. Start, Brickfield Site, Blackpool Pit, Trewoon, St Austell

Fri 12 June, 10.30am – 4.00pm – public brickmaking workshop with claymixing and brickmaking demos at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Join in for couple of hours or stay all day!

Sat 13 June, 10.30am – 4.00pm – public brickmaking workshop with claymixing and brickmaking demos at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Join in for couple of hours or stay all day!

Sat 27 June, 11.00am – 3.00pm, join us for a walk in clay country. Start, Brickfield Site, Blackpool Pit, Trewoon, St Austell

Sat 12 Sept, 11.00am – 3.00pm, join us for a walk in clay country. Start, Brickfield Site, Blackpool Pit, Trewoon, St Austell

Brickfield and the Clay Exchange are supported by IMERYS.

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