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The Author - Terry Woolliscroft

Stoke-on-Trent born Terry Woolliscroft has enjoyed an entire career in the ceramics industry. At the age of 16, he joined Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd. The company sponsored his attendance at the North Staffordshire Polytechnic where he gained an Honours Degree in Ceramic Technology.

In 1976 he was a member of the team which surveyed the remaining bottle ovens in The Potteries. In 1978 he was a member of the organising committee of The Last Bottle Oven Firing in The Potteries. It was at this event that he met Alfred Clough, the 'fireman' responsioble for the Final Firing.

Latterley he has been employed in the sanitaryware industry working for Twyfords, Roca, Lecico, Laufen, The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, The John Lewis Partnership and B&Q. The last decade or so has seen him travelling the world passing on his knowledge of the industry in special training seminars.

In his spare time he has created specialist information - The Potbank Dictionary, The Potteries Bottle Oven, The Last Bottle Oven Firing 1978, The Gladstone Pottery Museum Story, and the History of Twyford Bathrooms. These have been archived by The British Library.

Included in the UK Web Archive, January 2016

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This site has been archived for preservation by the British Library


I'd like to thank Pam Woolliscroft for her inspiration and ideas which led me to creating this blog, and to Kathy Niblett for her encouragement and permission to use her essays.

Thanks also go to Phil Rowley, long serving volunteer at Gladstone Pottery Museum, who forwarded much useful information and many images for inclusion in the texts.