|Slip Kiln at C&E Millers, |
King Street, Fenton (Bordering Longton,) Stoke-on-Trent.
Picture taken by the author of Potbank Dictionary, May 1970
Still in use at that date.
SLIP KILN Equipment. For de-watering slip. A large, shallow, brick tank is heated from below, by fire, to drive off the excess water from the clay slip contained in it. The process 'de-waters' the slip to make it 'plastic.' J.W.Mellor, D.Sc, in his book Collected Papers from the County Pottery Laboratory, Staffordshire, 1905, states that 'slip which has been dried in the old-fashioned slip kilns furnishes more plastic materials than when slip is dried in the modern filter press'
PALER Equipment. Tool. Used in the decorating end. Type of pencil (potter's name for a small brush) in which the soft camel hair bristles are spread out to allow the painter or paintress to create a shaded effect when painting the piece.