The Potteries Bottle Oven : a huge and imposing, towering and daunting brick-built, bottle-shaped structure, up to 70 feet high, essential in the making of pottery. The red-hot heart of The Potteries of Stoke-on-Trent.
In 1939 there were about 2000 bottle ovens, or, strictly speaking, bottle-shaped structures of various types used for firing pottery ware or its components. They dominated the landscape of the Potteries of Stoke-on-Trent. In 2019 there are fewer than 50 still standing complete with their chimneys. None will be fired ever again. The Clean Air Act of 1956, and their delicate condition have put paid to that.
At the multi-award-winning Gladstone Pottery Museum, in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, there are 4 bottle ovens and a bottle kiln. There are also two bottle ovens, next door, at the Roslyn Works. This is the most important and precious group of buildings in the Potteries.
Take a look at The Potteries Bottle Oven website here>