Clay taken from a site within Bondholder Morley Hayes’ Derbyshire Farms has made it back home, after being used by fellow Bondholder Denby Pottery to craft a selection of tableware which is now in use in Morley Hayes’ two AA rosette Dovecote restaurant.
Some of the clay used to produce Morley Hayes’ new ‘Halo’ crockery originated from an open cast mine on Holly Mount Farm, Smalley, which is located close to the Morley Hayes complex and owned by Andrew and Robert Allsop.
Denby Pottery purchased 50,000 tonnes of clay from the open cast mine, which was the last mine of its kind in the UK. Some of this clay has gone into creating Morley Hayes’ new plates, bowls and mugs from Denby’s popular ‘Halo’ collection, which are now being used in the award-winning Dovecote restaurant.
The stoneware clay, named after its stone-like appearance and hardness after firing, will also be mixed with quartz, feldspar and recycled clay and used in Denby products for at least another two decades.
Denby is in fact the only pottery that acquired any of the Holly Mount Farm clay, with none of the remaining clay being sold to any other potteries.
Commenting on the creation of Pottery from the Smalley clay Dean Barlow, head of manufacturing at Denby Pottery, said: "We’ve previously supplied Morley Hayes with crockery that has been used across the complex, but this collaboration has been particularly satisfying as we’ve taken materials from Morley Hayes’ own land and transformed it into beautiful pieces of tableware that will be used daily in the restaurant.
“Denby have generations of experience of using clay locally sourced in Derbyshire and the stoneware clay that was uncovered in the Smalley mine was a perfect fit and met all the specifications required to make Denby pottery.
“We’ve visited the Dovecote Restaurant at Morley Hayes several times since it started using our ‘Halo’ crockery, and it is holding up fantastically. The unique design of the items is incredibly striking, and the pieces look fantastic within the Dovecote’s setting.”
Andrew Allsop, managing director of Morley Hayes, added: “We’ve developed a close relationship with Denby Pottery over the years as we are both committed to supporting our local community.
“When we heard that Denby Pottery were acquiring some of the clay taken from the mine on our Farm, we spoke to the development team about producing some bespoke crockery for us. It’s quite fitting that materials that have been taken from our land, are back with us, being utilised throughout the Morley Hayes complex.
“We’ve received many compliments from customers commenting on our new crockery, and I really enjoy telling people that the pieces were made from clay taken from our own land!”