|Last Bottle Oven Firing 1978|
Organised by Gladstone Pottery Museum
WORD OF THE WEEK - 1 May 2015 - FINISHING FIREMAN
FINISHING FIREMAN Occupation. Some big potbanks would employ three men to fire a bottle oven. The Fireman - he was in charge and responsible for the whole firing cycle. The Sitter Up - he took over responsibility during the night hours. And The Finishing Fireman - he saw to it that there were no problems once the peak temperature had been reached and the correct soak time had been concluded. He would ensure the fires burnt out completely OK.