Booklist, Links & Videos


Bottle Ovens

Pam Woolliscroft
Published in 1977 when she was the first curator of the Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, England.
Gladstone Pottery Museum.

Manufacturing Processes of Tableware during the 18th and 19th Centuries

Robert Copeland
Northern Ceramic Society
2009  ISBN: 978-0-9563159-0-8

Dictionary of Ceramics

A. E. Dodd
George Newnes Ltd

Art and History of the Potting Business

William Evans

Ceramic Faults and their Remedies

Harry Fraser
A&C Black

Pottery Ovens, Fuels, and Firing

Stanley R. Hind
British Pottery Manufacturers Federation


Mervyn Jones
Secker and Warburg

Notes on the Manufacture of Earthenware

E.A.Sandeman 1921

An Encyclopaedia of the Ceramic industries - 3 volumes

Alfred B Searle
Ernest Benn London

Dialect Words and Phrases used in the Staffordshire Potteries

Compiled by Robert Nicholls, Crewe

Copyhold Potworks & Housing in the Staffordshire Potteries 1700-1832 

by Peter Roden
Published 2008; ISBN 978-0-9559317-0-3
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An extraordinary all-encompassing site about The Potteries here>


A History of the Potteries right before your eyes here>


The story behind the history of Gladstone Pottery Museum here>


In the world capital of ceramics and heart of the potteries Valentine Clays, a family run manufacturer, has been supplying clay bodies and raw materials in Stoke-on-Trent for the past 35 years. here>


Cafe / Bar, Longton  here>




MAY UN MAR LANGUAGE - 'Woth a look-say'

1920 Making Electrical Porcelain Insulators 

Making Porcelain Insulators for Power Lines: "The Potter's Wheel" circa 1920 General Electric. "A very early silent documentary showing the process of manufacturing porcelain insulators: mixing ingredients, moulding, turning, glazing and firing in huge kilns."

1930s Wedgwood

Smoky industrial scenes in Stoke on Trent in the 1930s. Wedgwood pottery Factory front with canal. Mill mixing liquid stone. China clay. Throwing on the potters wheel. Shaped on turning wheel. Moulding. In the kiln - very old fashioned looking. Engravings. Glazing hand painting.

1940 - 1949 Pottery without a wheel - British Pathe - British Instructional Films presentation.

1940 - 1949 Pottery - British Pathe - British Instructional Films present a Classroom Film.

1950s Potbanks - canals and potbanks, Wedgwood, Spode, Twyfords, Burgess and Leigh

Shots of Wedgwood factory Etruria, Spode factory Stoke, Twyfords factory Cliffe Vale, Burgess and Leigh factory Middleport, Shelton bar steel works Etruria.

1950 Wedgwood Today British Pathé film

1951 Worcester Porcelain

Royal Worcester Porcelain factory in Worcestershire. British Pathé film.

1955 Doulton Character Jugs

Short documentary showing the making of Royal Doulton character jugs, from modelling through to finish piece.

1958 The Making Of Wedgwood Reel 1 - Great for seeing processes on the factory

1958 The Making Of Wedgwood Reel 2 

1960s Wedgwood from the HuntleyFilmArchives  Published on 17 Feb 2017

"The Josiah Wedgwood factory in Staffordshire 1960s.  History of the Wedgwood family. Workers arriving by train at Wedgwood Station. The factory mixing and raw ingredients to create the clay. Workers in the factory making Wedgwood items including plates, cups, vases and more decorative objects. Firing clay. Kilns. Stages of manufacture of products. Decorating plates. Glazing and firing. Using Lithograph sheets for design. Applying Wedgwood label to plates. Warehouse with finished products. Breaking china which is not perfect. Packing china for all over the world. Sir John Wedgwood. Famous Wedgwood designs."

1966 Wedgwood Pottery

1966 Wedgwood Pottery (reel 2?)

1970s Staffordshire Potteries, Meir. HuntleyFilmArchives

Staffordshire Potteries. Pottery scenes show the preparation of the clay and a Potter at work making mugs. Potter puts clay in a mould. Girl puts mugs on a conveyor belt. Filling another mould with wet clay to make handles. Use of rim smoother. Woman removes wet handles and another smooths the handles ready for fitting. Mugs dipped in glaze and put on a shelf. The shelf is wheeled into a kiln. Mugs come out looking different. Woman puts Tom and Jerry transfer onto a child's bowl. Hand painting, machine painting. Mugs have a pattern put on them by a machine. Traditional pottery techniques. A potter shows how to prepare clay. Children learn to make pots by hand. Some children make little bricks out of clay and make model buildings. Children learning to use a potters wheel. Experienced potter shows how it is done. Close ups of the potter making a vase.

2011 Portmeirion Group

A film for The Telegraph Business Club on world famous pottery company, Portmeirion Group.

2013 Moorcroft : How Moorcroft Pottery is made

2014 Industrial Revelations - Clocking On

Mark Williams discovers how engineer James Brindley tunnelled through hills in a straight line, and details the emergence of Josiah Wedgwood's pottery business as a global industry. Views of Canals, Wedgwood, and Gladstone Pottery Museum.

2016 Spode Blue Italian: Perfection for 200 Years

Spode’s Blue Italian is one of the most important designs in British ceramic history and celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2016. Twenty two pairs of hands make Blue Italian at Portmeirion Group’s factory in Stoke-on-Trent. Follow its fascinating journey of creation