I have started to put together a presentation of the potteries I visited in the UK last year - can't believe it is almost 12mths since we flew out for our 11 weeks of Ireland, UK, France and Germany. So many great memories. I hope my presentation will give others some idea of the history behind the medium that is taken for granted each day we eat off a plate, drink from a mug or cook in the oven or even those little ornaments in the glass cabinet.
I scanned this photo (taken in Stoke on Trent in 1953) which shows how many coal fired bottle kilns there used to be in use.
Gladstone Pottery Museum which is trying to preserve the history of the area and has 5 of the remaining 47 bottle kilns.
I had such a great day there and my husband took heaps of photos.