Baiting at the last firing, Sutherland Works, Longton

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Date:August 1978

Description:Pottery factory interior depicting volunteer Paul Nibblett 'baiting' or stoking fires at the Sutherland Works, Normacot Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. This was the last ever firing at the factory.

Formed ware is made hard by exposing it to very high temperatures. This was commonly achieved by firing it in a bottle oven. The bottle oven consisted of the kiln, which was the inner active firing part, and the hovel, which was the structure around it. The hovel protected the kiln and acted as a chimney. Local ovens were characterised by their bottle shaped hovels, hence the term ‘bottle oven’.

Taken from the Gladstone Pottery Museum Photographic Collection.

This photograph is part of the collections at Stoke-on-Trent Museums.

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