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Fettling Tools. Fettling Felt.

Fettler's felt, used in the pottery-making process to smooth out any surface blemishes on the clay before drying and firing. This work was known as fettling. Taken from the Gladstone Pottery Museum ...

Dipping ware in a pottery factory

Pottery factory interior showing a man dipping ware. The worker is in the process of dipping fired (or biscuit) ware in preparation for a second glost (or glazed) firing. Health risks associated ...

Casting in a pottery factory

Pottery factory interior showing a caster at work. The man is filling moulds with slip (liquid clay) from a hose. The shelves contain lines of moulds and unfired ware. Taken from the Gladstone ...

Burnishing in a pottery factory

Pottery factory interior with a view of a woman in the process of burnishing a plate. Burnishing Burnishing was the process whereby fired gold applications were rubbed to produce a lustrous finish. Silver ...

The Price of Straw - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

Every pottery manufacturer needed plenty of straw to ensure that their wares could be safely packed for transportation by road or canal. At this meeting, the manufacturers of Lane End, Lane Delph and ...

Who should pay for repairs to the Leek Road? A document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

Burslem pottery manufacturer Enoch Wood acted as a Church Warden in Cobridge. In 1790, Parliament passed a new act that required a survey of Wood's parish to be undertaken. This was to find out ...

Song for the North Staffordshire Electors - Broadside ballad from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

At election time in the early 1800s, the colour blue was used to stand for hope, faith in God and sincerity. It was also becoming more associated with the reforming 'Whig' Liberals of the time. The ...

Potteries Gentlemen pledge support for House of Industry scheme

February 1794 began with a pledge of support from several Potteries gentlemen towards a scheme for a new House of Industry in the Parish of Stoke-upon-Trent. The House of Industry was to provide relief ...

Manufacturers' Agreement on the Price of Crates - from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

While the wholesale price of wares was often agreed across the Potteries, the cost of straw and crates for packaging was sometimes less predictable. Five local pottery firms here announce their decision ...

Fifty Guineas Reward - notice from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

This is how news of an assassination spread across Staffordshire on 29 June 1800 - together with the offer of a generous £20 reward for information. Notices like this one would have appeared in public ...