Potteries Bottle Oven Day, 29th August

Celebrating the anniversary of the last time a traditional Potteries bottle oven was kindled and fired on 29th August 1978.

42 years ago a Potteries bottle oven was fired for the very last time and the 29th August is now an annual celebration of this event and our remaining ovens. Organised by staff and volunteers from Gladstone Pottery Museum the firing took place at the Hudson & Middleton works in Normacot Road, Longton.

To read more about the final firing take a look at the The Last Bottle Oven Firing page by clicking here.

Click here to view the Bottle Oven Art Club page where you can see the artworks selected by the judges to be included in our online exhibition.

Normally we arrange a programme of events at the museum to mark this special day. Under the current circumstances we’ve moved our celebrations online and have added some special new bottle oven themed activities to our website.

You can click here to download our Bottle Oven Day Colouring Sheet

Why not make your own bottle oven bunting using this handy template. Decorate and cut out the clouds and ovens and thread onto string.

We’ve also added a new Picture This Drawing Challenge – try designing your own backstamp by clicking here.

Design a Backstamp

The Potteries Heritage Society and Heritage Action Zone have created a series of short videos with volunteers especially for Potteries Bottle Oven Day. They are all about the history of flint in the pottery industry and you can view them on our YouTube channel by clicking here.

Click here to take a look at the Potteries Heritage Society website for more great online resources. You can download an interactive map to explore bottle oven facts or follow a self guided walk of ovens.

Potteries Bottle Oven Day is a collaboration between the Stoke-on-Trent Ceramic Heritage Zone, Potteries Heritage Society and Gladstone Pottery Museum.

We’d love to see your favourite bottle oven photos – share them on social media using #PotBOD.