THE LAST BOTTLE OVEN FIRING - 1978 The first time in 20 years. The last time in history
In August 1978, a group of increasingly elderly men who still possessed the stamina and the skills required, together with a massive team of (younger) volunteers and staff from Gladstone Pottery Museum, organised The Last Bottle Oven Firing.
This was the last firing, in The Potteries, of a traditional coal fired oven, in the traditional and time-honoured way, at the nearby Hudson and Middleton Works. The whole process took 8 days , actually much longer than for a commercial oven firing. It was recorded on ﬁlm for posterity.
The mastermind behind the project was David Sekers, Museum Director at the time. The fireman responsible for the event was Alfred Clough, the local master potter and retired pottery manufacturer.
Read more about the The Last Bottle Oven Firing here> on The Potteries Bottle Oven site.