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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 12:32 pm 
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Made saggars (fired clay containers used to hold ceramic items in the kiln whilst firing.) The saggar-makers bottom knocker was the saggar makers assistant, usually a young boy, who was responsible for knocking clay into a large metal hoop using a flat mallet called a mawl, to form the bottom of the saggar.
The saggar-maker would then remove the hoop, and form the sides of the saggar onto the base- a much more skilled job than bottom-knocking (testing for cracks by knocking.) Some saggar-makers also had a frame filler, who did a very similar job to the bottom-knocker, but prepared the clay to make the sides of the saggars, rather than the bottom.


http://www.thepotteries.org/bottle_kiln/saggar.htm


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 9:08 am 
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I have several of these in my tree. :shock:

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:56 pm 
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It is probably due to some of your rellies living in the potteries do you think.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 5:41 pm 
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Most of my rellies (past and present inc. me) live(d) in the Potteries.

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