Bottle Ovens at Twyfords Cliffe Vale, Stoke-on-Trent, England, in 1900
by Terry Woolliscroft
Original acrylic painting inspired by the landscape and architecture of 'The Potteries' of North Staffordshire, particularly the row of five bottle ovens on the site of Twyfords Cliffe Vale Works, Stoke-on-Trent, England.
The black and white photo in this listing shows the ovens as they were in about 1900. Demolished in the 1950s.
The inspiration for this paintings came to me some years ago. The architecture of the old 'potbanks' with their huge towering bottle ovens (where clay was fired to temperatures above 1000C, with coal, to make pottery) and the raging fires which they held within were begging to be put onto canvas. This is my take on the bottle oven and its fiery innards.
For more information about The Potteries Bottle Oven check out my Bottle Oven website here> http://bottleoven.blogspot.co.uk/. 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 buildings belching filthy smoke into the atmosphere. Today there are less than 50, all silent.
12" x 12" (30 x 30 cms) Approximately
On premium cotton, medium texture, 300gsm (10oz) stretched canvas. Deep edged approx 38 mm.
Signed on the front, and signed and dated on the back.
One of a kind! This is a unique painting.
Side edges are painted. This comes ready to hang.
Unframed but could be framed by the purchaser.
Shipped in carefully wrapped, safe and sensible packaging.
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Stretched cotton canvas, heavy body acrylic, pallete knives and brushes