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Introduction
China is the gift given for a 20th Anniversary. The ceramic’s shadow is from a bottle kiln. This once familiar sight in The Potteries is preserved at The Gladstone Museum. Named after the Prime Minister who visited in 1863, it is near to Hazle’s Mould Maker. The shop sells the area’s famous Blue and White China.

 Angled view of part of a “red hot” bottle kiln. This museum has been shown on TV’s The Worst Jobs in History as well as on Blue Peter, Doctor Who and Most Haunted. Arduous packing of the wares, the constant stoking of coal fires, entering a kiln before it was fully cooled and breathing in noxious fumes were among many potentially deadly hazards.

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Hazle Ceramics
The Factory Shop
Limited Painting of 50
on Grantham LE1000

 The Gladstone, Bethesda Street, Longton is a typical working pottery of North Staffordshire 1750s-1950s. It is now an Anchor Point of ERIH, or the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

20th Anniversary 2010
Painted by Doreen

£75.50 Worldwide
With Free Postage

Willow Pattern
In China 800AD cobalt blue was the only colour unaffected by the kiln and is still popular. Willow pattern, imported from China in the late 1700s, tells the story of two star-crossed lovers. The Minton Willow plate left dates from 1780. The original Chinese Willow pattern copied by Thomas Minton had no apple tree, doves or peopled bridge. As an 1800s favourite, almost every British pottery maker had a Willow pattern. It is now coming back in vogue.

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 Gladstone, saved from demolition in the 1960s as the best medium size potbank, opened to the public in 1974.

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