Tavleen, Balwinder, Prince, Ellen and myself headed off down the road. On the way we saw a small juvenile Northern Goshawk that had been probably hit by a car,
|Juvenile Northern Goshawk (i think)|
So for all those fans of PBT Transport, we were at the home of PBT Bricks.
|KP Brick Manufacturers trading as PBT|
|Rain sodden brick paddy fields|
|Spoilt bricks due to heavy rain|
|Green bricks destroyed by rain|
|Plastic covered green bricks|
|Saved green bricks|
|Brick making paddy field|
|More brick making paddy fields|
So we rocked on up and got to meet the owner who gave us a guided tour of the area.
|Ellen, Tavleen and the owner|
|Unpacking a fired area (note the height)|
So there are three wickets (doorways) per firing area.
|Wicket door after firing|
|Green bricks stacked for firing|
|Standing on top of the firing chamber from left Owner, Frederick, Ellen|
|Team of stokers with plastic barrels of coal dust|
|Top of kiln with stoke holes|
|Stacking green bricks|
|Unpacking fired bricks|
|Unpacking (note hand carts and labour)|
|Close up of partially open wicket door|
|Ladder up to top of kiln, stoking team watching us with interest|
|Coal stock pile|
|Coal dust for stoking|
There are 250 workers on site and most live on site as it is a 24/7 operation.
|House on site, close holes for winter, open for summer|
|Where are the kids?|
|Here we are!|
It was an amazing experience to see how bricks were made in northern India.
|Worker unloading fired bricks|
I am going to try to get back to see the actual making of the green bricks. We saw the PBT emboss stamps
|PBT emboss stamps|
|PBT green bricks|
So further to that I have been plodding along making and experimenting with slab work at the studio
|Teapot without spout (yet)|
|Geometric piece (Stairway to.....)|
A wall hanging and some small appetizer plates.
|Phases of the moon wall hanging|
|Moon phase appetizer plates and dish|
So pretty much up to date here, our chef has been having fun with the ‘salad’ plates
|Cucumber and flower petals|
|Cucumber and orange slices|
|Cucumber and tomato|
|Kiwifruit and apple|
|Carrot, tomato and cucumber|
Dhanyavaad (thank you) for reading this
Safe travels everyone.