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Building the clammins, Sutherland Works, Longton

Pottery factory interior with a view of a loaded kiln stacked with saggars prior to firing. The man is ‘building the clammins’, a temporary seal in the wall of the oven with an access point through which ...

Burgess & Leigh, Middleport

The casting shop at Burgess & Leigh's pottery, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent. Workers are filling plaster of paris moulds with liquid slip. Established in 1851, Hulme and Booth's Central Pottery in Burslem ...

Burgess & Leigh, Middleport

The decorating room at Burgess & Leigh's pottery, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent. Paintresses are hand decorating dishes. Established in 1851, Hulme and Booth's Central Pottery in Burslem was taken over ...

Burgess & Leigh, Middleport

Dipping at Burgess & Leigh's pottery, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent. Tea cups and dishes are being dipped in vats of glaze. Established in 1851, Hulme and Booth's Central Pottery in Burslem was taken ...

Burgess & Leigh, Middleport

The General Office at Burgess & Leigh's pottery, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent. Established in 1851, Hulme and Booth's Central Pottery in Burslem was taken over in 1862 by William Leigh and Frederick ...

Burgess & Leigh, Middleport

The flat shop at Burgess & Leigh's pottery, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent. In the foreground a worker is using a jigger to form the outside shape of a plate. Established in 1851, Hulme and Booth's Central ...

Burgess & Leigh, Middleport

Enamelling at Burgess & Leigh's pottery, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent. Enamellers are applying on-glaze enamel paint before a further firing. Enamelling is the process of painting on an underglaze pattern ...

Burgess & Leigh, Middleport

The transferring shop at Burgess & Leigh's pottery, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent. On the right, men are producing paper transfers. Pigment is applied to a copper plate and the design is transferred onto ...

Burgess & Leigh, Middleport

The modelling shop at Burgess & Leigh's pottery, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent. Established in 1851, Hulme and Booth's Central Pottery in Burslem was taken over in 1862 by William Leigh and Frederick ...

Burgess & Leigh, Middleport

Aerographing at Burgess & Leigh's pottery, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent. Applying glaze by pneumatic spray gun in booths. Aerography was the mechanical spraying of glaze onto pots. It was a useful technique ...

Burgess & Leigh, Middleport

The slip house at Burgess & Leigh's pottery, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent. On the left is the pug mill used to mix clay in order to remove air bubbles and give it uniform consistency. It was then cut into ...

Burgess & Leigh, Middleport

The Manager’s Office at Burgess & Leigh's pottery, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent. Established in 1851, Hulme and Booth's Central Pottery in Burslem was taken over in 1862 by William Leigh and Frederick ...

Burgess & Leigh, Middleport

Placing at Burgess & Leigh's pottery, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent. Loading saggars in the bottle kiln. Saggars are placed in ‘bungs’ about 16 feet high in concentric circles. The ladders are known as ...

Burgess & Leigh, Port Street, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent

A crowded printing room at Burgess & Leigh in the mid 1930’s. Much of the printing was still done by hand. Notice the roller machine in the centre of the picture. This would be used for making patterned ...

Burnishing in a pottery factory

Pottery factory interior with a view of a woman in the process of burnishing a plate. Burnishing Burnishing was the process whereby fired gold applications were rubbed to produce a lustrous finish. Silver ...

Burnishing ware, Minton's Ltd., Stoke-on-Trent

Pottery factory interior with a view of female workers in the process of burnishing ware. They are positioned facing the window as they needed good light to do the job. Taken at Minton's factory, London ...

Canteen building, Lotus Ltd, Stafford

New canteen building at Lotus Ltd's factory, opened in 1968. Lotus was originally named Bostock's and was founded in the eighteenth century by Thomas Bostock, a cobbler. His three sons started their ...

Canteen, Evode Chemical Works Ltd., Stafford,

The new Evode canteen. From left to right are: Mr J. Digham, Miss E. McCabe, Mr E. Stunt, Mrs P. Thomas, Miss B. Lowness, Miss B. Greegan, Mrs Barker and Miss G. Leggett. Spic and Span Shoe Polishes ...