Placing, Aynsley pottery, Longton

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Description:Pottery factory interior taken the Aynsley pot bank in Commerce Street, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.

The workers are placing saggars in an oven prior to firing.


Saggars are containers made from fireclay which protected pottery in the kiln from the intense heat and smoke during bottle oven firing.

Formed ware is made hard by exposing it to very high temperatures, which 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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Image courtesy of: Mr E Watkins

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Source: Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

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