The town used to be full of these bottle kilns spewing out lead laden gases - this affected the health of all living in the area. Once the lead was identified as the problem and its use reduced with the use of different materials, health improved dramatically.
this is me 'throwing' a pot while standing up at a fixed wheel. Very different to my little Venco wheel at home and I had to have a second go! I then took the pot away in a nice little box. I carefully carried it in my hand luggage all the way to France where the very kind JeanMarc bisque fired it for me. More of that later!