The Fired Pottery

Pottery from The Last Bottle Oven Firing          

"Run of Oven"
Advert courtesy Evening Sentinel , Sept 1978

One week after the firing Gladstone's cobbled yard was transformed into a huge sales area.

Pottery from the Last Bottle Oven Firing, together with saggars, special editions and other souvenir ware was offered for sale to the public. The funds raised went to the The Gladstone Pottery Museum which at that time was run by the Staffordshire Pottery Industry Preservation Trust, (SPIPT)  an independent Charitable Trust.

In a contemporary report to SPIPT, David Sekers, museum director, noted that the total value of the Gladstone-made pottery, together with other revenues, came to an astonishing £36,752.  The value today (2018) calculated on the rise in the Retail Price Index, is £201,000

Last Bottle Oven Firing - Sale of Pots from the oven. Queuing to get in
Photo: Terry Woolliscroft Collection 

Gladstone Pottery Museum
Last Bottle Oven Firing - Sales of pots from the oven in Gladstone Pottery Museum cobbled yard 1978
Photo: Terry Woolliscroft Collection 

Last Bottle Oven Firing 1978
Gladstone Pottery Museum Limited edition tyg from The Last Bottle Oven Firing - Original price £28
The tygs were thrown by a member of Gladstone staff - Stephen Parry-Thomas
Photos: Courtesy of  Jessica Davies

Gladstone Pottery Museum Limited edition Tankard from The Last Bottle Oven Firing
Gladstone Pottery Museum Limited edition Tankard from The Last Bottle Oven Firing
Photos: Terry Woolliscroft Collection


Gladstone Pottery Museum Story - Last Bottle Oven Firing
Alfred Clough, kiln fireman, with wares from oven
Photo: Courtesy Evening Sentinel   Date: 2 September 1978

Some of the range of pottery fired in the Last Bottle Oven Firing 1978
Photo: Terry Woolliscroft Collection


Pottery fired in the Last Bottle Oven Firing 1978
On the left Gladstone's Bottle Oven China Sweet Dish
On the right Two Handled Tankard from Enoch Wedgwood (Tunstall) Ltd
Photos: Terry Woolliscroft Collection


Pottery fired in the Last Bottle Oven Firing 1978
Tankard from Enoch Wedgwood (Tunstall) Ltd
Photos: Terry Woolliscroft Collection


Pottery fired in the Last Bottle Oven Firing 1978
The Bottle Oven Money Box
Photos: Terry Woolliscroft Collection


Pottery fired in the Last Bottle Oven Firing 1978
Royal Doulton Character Jug.  More info here>



Saggars used in the Last Bottle Oven Firing 1978
Numbered, limited edition, saggars used in the firing
Photos: Terry Woolliscroft Collection

The MAIL ORDER CATALOGUE

Following the huge sale in the Gladstone yard on 10 September 1978, the remaining goods were offered via a Mail Order Catalogue. Here it is:




Pottery fired in the Last Bottle Oven Firing 1978
Hudson and Middleton, 'Royal Kendal' brand souvenir mug
Charity shop purchase, Newcastle-under-Lyme,
by a member/partner of  'Ceramic City Stories'
Photo: Ceramic City Stories @potteriestiles  Date: 2018 


 Other commemorative pots, but not fired in the last bottle oven          


Hudson and Middleton commemorative bone china mug 1978
Hudson and Middleton commemorative bone china mug 
Photos: Terry Woolliscroft Collection


Gladstone Commemorative Leonard Brammer Mug
Photos: Terry Woolliscroft Collection  Date: 1978


Salisbury China of Longton - Commemorative Plate 
Photo: Janet Harris of Seattle, Washington, USA