Clay Technology October 2017

This final Clay Technology edition of the year 2017 focuses on aesthetics and alternative practices. You can read News Editor Khai Trung Le’s investigation into how a 3,500-year-old clay technology may lead to carbon-free electricity.

A note from Ines Nastali, Editor – At the beginning of September, I embarked on a new journey with the Institute as Editor of the very magazine you are holding in your hands right now, as well as its head-publication Materials World. I joined just after the previous issue had gone to print, which allowed me a blank canvass on which to make my mark.

While I am not unfamiliar with the works of a professional body – having recently worked as the Deputy Editor of The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology’s membership magazine, The Marine Professional – I was curious to see what topics I will be covering, as you can imagine clay and bricks are not used in ship building, and you will most certainly only find them on a ship if it is part of the cargo.

At the same time, for me, this new role is about going back to my roots in science journalism. That said, I’ve learned a lot during my years in local journalism, which saw me talk to council politicians, vocal citizens and people with very unusual hobbies.

On this note, feel free to say hello when you see me at events – for example at the ClayTech 2017 show in November, which both myself and Features Editor Gary Peters will attend – or if you find yourself at the Institute’s London office, I will be happy to discuss ideas for the magazine with you. 

I’ve very much enjoyed putting together this first edition thanks to my fabulous editorial team, who made me feel very welcome when my ship came into port at the Institute’s office in the middle of busy central London. I hope you enjoy reading this magazine and I look forward to embarking on this journey with you.



News this issue:

Constellation of bricks

Keeping it in the clay

Economic digest

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2017