Happy Potteries Bottle Oven Day!

Today is Potteries Bottle Oven Day, marking the last time a Potteries bottle oven was fired in the city of Stoke-on-Trent. Organised by the staff and volunteers of Gladstone Pottery Museum the final bottle oven firing of 29th August 1978 was a powerful recreation of what had once been a commonplace occurrence across The Potteries.

To do our part in celebrating this important date – and such an iconic structure – we’ve digitised some more sketches, sections and plans from the Archive’s Minton Patent Oven material. We’ll be adding these new images to the Patent Oven section of our online catalogue in an imminent update but you can get a closer look at them in a gallery of details below; we’ve also generated a huge zoomable plan featuring the all-important hovel shape which you can explore for yourselves too. Finally, we’d highly recommend visiting both The Potteries Bottle Oven and The Last Bottle Oven Firing websites if you’d like to know more about bottle ovens and kilns.

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