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File:Pottery in the Making- the work of J and G Meakin Pottery, Hanley, Stoke-on-trent, Staffordshire, England, 1942 D11466.jpg

A pottery works with its forest of bottle kilns bordering a railway line in Stoke-on-Trent. Bottle kilns have a relatively short working life of about 30 years, so were constantly rebuilt. Due to recent changes in the industry, few of these distinctive monuments survive in the area.


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Saggar Maker's Bottom Knockers - are not as exciting as they sound. Making Saggars was a skilled job, but the bottom part was created by knocking some clay through an iron hoop template and was an unskilled job, usually set aside for boys of 9-10 years old.


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