Vols & Staff

The volunteers and staff of Gladstone Pottery Museum who made the last firing happen

In no particular order - if you know of others who have been accidentally missed off the list do let me know! You can use the Contact Form here>

  • David Sekers - Gladstone Pottery Museum Director and member of the organising committee
  • Alfred Clough - Fireman in overall charge of the firing and member of the organising committee. The museum presented Mr. Clough with No.1 saggar and tyg
  • Paul Niblett - Oddman and member of the organising committee
  • Kathy Niblett - Volunteer and member of the organising committee
  • Terry Woolliscroft - Volunteer and member of the organising committee
  • Pam Bott - Gladstone Pottery Museum Curator and member of the organising committee
  • Fred Greasley - Oddman and member of the organising committee
  • George Fairweather  - the owner of Hudson and Middleton, Longton Ltd., where the bottle oven firing took place. He put up with the team for such a long time and without his cooperation the firing would not have taken place. 
  • Ted Lockett - Cod Placer
  • John (Jack) Hill - Sitter up and Night Fireman
  • Les Dennis
  • Frank Underwood
  • Arthur Maxfield - Oddman
  • Phil Parkes
  • Arthur Turner
  • Mr Shaw
  • Mr Miles  
  • Mr J Simpson  
  • Fred Harrington  
  • Mr T Tittensor  
  • Mr J Wade
  • Elwyn James (Oddman)
  • John Side (Oddman)
  • Fred Miles
  • Dave Allen (aka David Wedgwood)
  • Dave Smith  
  • Beverley and Roy?  
  • Stephen Astley  
  • Raymond Blackburn 
  • Brian Colclough  
  • Maureen Colclough  
  • Paul Bartram
  • Rodney Hampson
  • Eileen Hampson
  • Bill Goodall  
  • Stephen Astley  
  • Martin Brennan  
  • John Hemmer  
  • Roy Nicholson 
  • John Side  
  • David Smith  
  • Beverley Downing 
  • Mrs E Shenton
  • David Oakden  
  • Dr Francis Celoria  
  • Mark and Melanie Batten  
  • Alan Freestone    
  • Colin Burgess  
  • Mike Willmott  
  • Chris Hampson
  • Mr J Hudson
  • Mr G W Massey  

Organising Committee

  • David Sekers - Museum Director
  • Alfred Clough - Fireman
  • Pam Bott - Museum Curator
  • Paul Niblett - Volunteer
  • Fred Greasley - Volunteer
  • Kathy Niblett - Volunteer
  • Terry Woolliscroft - Volunteer

Placers and Drawers

  • Ted Lockett - Cod Placer
  • Les Dennis
  • Mr J Simpson  
  • Mr P Parkes 
  • Mr F Harrington  
  • Mr J Hudson
  • Elwyn James
  • Mr G W Massey  
  • Mr J Shaw
  • Mr T Tittensor
  • Arthur Turner 
  • Mr J Wade

Last Bottle Oven Firing - 1978 - Alfred Clough (fireman) and David Sekers (museum director)
inspecting the oven before it was brought back to life


The Fireman responsible for the Last Bottle Oven Firing was Alfred Clough, a local master potter and a retired pottery manufacturer. more here>

ALFRED CLOUGH  Master potter. 27 May 1905 - 1984. Pottery owner from Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, who mass-produced printed earthenware, dinner and tea ware, for sales outlets such as Woolworths. By 1960 he also owned W H Grindley, Cartright and Edwards, Barker Bros, and Royal Art Pottery. He operated, at one time, from the Garfield Works in Longton.

Here is his photo and a pic of his 1939 oven at Garfield Works being demolished in May 1975, with young kids playing in the rubble. He was also the fireman responsible for The Last Bottle Oven Firing in 1978 more>


Clipping courtesy -  Evening Sentinel