All of our bricks are made from Wadhurst clay, unique to the area which is carefully extracted from our own maintained reserves adjacent to the rear of the brickworks. Once stockpiled and left to weather, the clay is then conditioned by the processing plant were water is added to obtain the correct condition before it is pugged into manageable size clots of clay for the hand makers.
The clots of clay are sanded by hand by the individual maker and are then thrown into traditional wooden moulds. The mould is then struck with a wire to remove any excess clay, gently the maker turns the mould over and taps each corner releasing the brick from the mould onto a metal tray were it awaits the drying rooms. Due to the natural high sand content in the clay, this means the bricks easily take shape during the hand throwing, creating attention to detail with a unique subtle texture and gentle creasing.
Once the bricks are dry, they are graded by hand and set in the kiln. Fired to different temperature programmes creates a mixture of shades, from subtle oranges to plum reds, through to purples and browns, keeping a consistent colouration of the product.
Our bricks are used and supplied to many private dwellings, heritage or listed properties, country houses, hospitals and royal residences. Our efficient production techniques allows us to be competitive on price as well as having a quick turn around time.
Choosing the correct brick for your property is critical to help achieve the appearance and style you have in mind. Using one of our range of bricks can ensure that your property will be full of warmth, character and charm.
So whether it’s a single private dwelling, a listed building or remedial works, Sussex Handmade Brick can help you.
We pride ourselves on our commitment to you, the customer and invite you to visit our works where you can see the bricks being made and choose the brick that best suits your individual requirements.