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And now, as Monty Python used to say, for something completely different!

A bottle kiln, used in the firing of ceramics. Named 'bottle' because of its' shape not because bottles are made in it.


This kiln was seen when we visited the area around Ironbridge, but I cannot say exactly where, as it's 10 years since I took the shot.

"Experts calculate that in the heyday of the pottery industry in and around Stoke-on-Trent there were up to 4000 bottle kilns.
The Clean Air Act sounded the death knell for the smoky coal fired oven as the factories turned to gas and electricity.

No two bottle kiln ovens were exactly alike.
They were all built according to the whim of the builder or the potbank owner.
Some small factories had only one bottle oven, the other large potbanks had as many as 25."
(the potteries.org)

This bottle kiln is perhaps looking a little worse for wear, but I liked the textures and colours of the bricks.

There's lots more information on the net if you want to know more as to how the kilns were used.

Thanks for looking.

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