About Plainsman Clays

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Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 8.00am - 4.00pm
Closed: Noon-12.30 and all provincial and federal holidays

We are a clay mining and processing company in southern Alberta, Western Canada. We have select-mined clays specifically for pottery related uses since 1962 (in Montana, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) and have knowledge and access to many other deposits. Plainsman mines thousands of tons at a time. We understand the deposits well, most of them are limitless, very consistent and produce raw clays that are balanced and very well adapted to pottery.

Technical Support & QC

We have a dedicated quality control and R&D lab to assure consistent products and it is ready to assist customers with development and trouble shooting issues. We were one of the first companies in the world to publish on-line data sheets and technical product information (in 1996).

What do we produce? Where do we sell?

We grind and package our clays and clay blends in bags, bulk bags and pugged form. We have sold products across Canada and into the Northern US for the history of our company. We have built a reputation for excellent customer service, quick delivery (we maintain large inventories, no one delivers faster and more reliably year after year). Call us today to help plan your needs.

Plainsman Clays in 1962

We have many years of experience in every facet of the clay business.

Today

At Plainsman we don't just buy refined minerals and force-fit them to pottery. Western Canada is Clay Country, tens of thousands of square kilometers of it, the best deposits in North America. We handle all aspects of the mining and manufacturing process.
We mine clay from sites in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Montana and Idaho. Beds are usually level marine sediments that are very clean and consistent. This photo shows the Whitemud Formation (the white layers partway down the hills) in Southern Saskatchewan. These clays are very clean, pure.
We mine clay in large quantities. The layers are usually 2 to 5 feet thick and they are level and consistent. Some quarries have many different kinds of clays, one above the other, and we separate them.

We mine it, test it, and process it for one purpose: Pottery.

The excellent clay deposits have made Medicine Hat a center for ceramic industry since the late 1800s. Brick, pipe, tile, pottery, crockery and many other products have been made in huge quantities using the local clays.

In fact, Plainsman Clays is built on the site of the former Alberta Clay Products, a producer of vitrified clay pipe for 50 years until the mid 1950s.