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"Bottle Oven Ghosts 2"

Glost Bottle Ovens at Twyfords Cliffe Vale in about 1900

by Terry Woolliscroft

Original acrylic painting inspired by the architecture and industry of The Potteries of Stoke-on-Trent, England. Rich, ghostly-textured acrylic paint.

Using a palette knife, I painted this with bold strokes of heavy-body acrylic paint. I wanted to create an attractive texture to the painting which would appeal and entice. I used layers to give the painting quality and make it interesting to look at from a distance and up close. I really like the colours and ambiance of this painting.

Features a range of five enormous bottle ovens (those iconic buildings of the Potteries Landscape) surrounded by the heat and smoke that they created. The last bottle oven was fired in Stoke-on-Trent, England, in 1978.

These majestic ovens at Cliffe Vale, near Stoke, in the Potteries of Stoke-on-Trent, were in the factory of Twyfords Sanitaryware. 1950. Now demolished.

16" x 12" (40 x 30 cms) Approx

Side edges (18mm deep approx)

Unframed but this comes ready to hang (hanging lugs on rear) . Could be framed.

On premium cotton, medium texture, 300gsm (10oz) stretched canvas.

Signed on the front, and signed and dated on the back.
One of a kind! This is a unique painting.

Shipped in carefully wrapped, safe and sensible packaging.

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The inspiration for this picture came to me some years ago when I started to volunteer at the local Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.

The architecture of the old potteries with their traditional and huge towering bottle ovens (where pottery was fired with coal) and the raging fires which they held within were begging to be put onto canvas. This is my take on the ghosts of the bottle oven and its fiery innards.

For more information about The Potteries Bottle Oven check out my Bottle Oven website here> . I created this site to record as much information as I could about the ovens of The Potteries. At their peak there were 2000 of these building belching filthy smoke into the atmosphere. Today there are less than 50, all silent.

Materials used:

traditional profile, shallow profile, 19mm stretched canvas, heavy body acrylic paint, medium weight cotton canvas, hanging lugs



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