'Bottle ovens became the most important part of the pottery factory.
One disastrous firing could ruin a potbank.'
Crucial to the success of any pottery manufacturer firing was, and is, the most important part of the process.
'...when admiring a piece of fine pottery,
spare a grateful thought for the fireman.'
Robert Copeland, 2009
For more about Spode's bottle ovens, as well as later developments in firing in the 20th century, click Spode and Bottle Ovens
|Spode factory 1930s|
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For everything you need to know about the history of bottle ovens click The Potteries Bottle Oven
|Smoke from the last Bottle Oven firing 1978|