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Netherlands Pottery NW - September, 2020

ForgottenBuildings

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History:
In 1675 the first recorded roof tiles ware made on this soil, after that the old pottery works expanded its operations over the years. In the first decades it was always kept inside the family. Because clay could be found in the next door river, the production for this was pretty much ideal. At the end of the 1800s a new owner bought the old factory and updated the whole production. It was also fitted with a brand new steam engine to power the new machines. This production went relatively smoothly until the second world war, at this time production was decreasing. Luckily it was never bombed which meant the production could be started up relatively quickly, it even received some money from the Marshall plan. This money was used for the last modernization of the factory, but the owners wanted to keep the production as traditional as possible. During the 60s this choice seemed to be a bad one, as it became clear that the efficiency was decreasing fast. In the 60s the number of employees was still around a 100, but at the end of the 70s it was only 5. In the 80s just one employee was running the factory. I have no clue how that was possible but he managed to do this until 2001. At this time the historic plant was closed permanently.

Nowadays the factory is in a really bad state, roofs are collapsing and plants are making a way inside. Even with this decay the amount of stuff and classic details are still remaining. In my opinion it was a near museum like experience, it was truly unique.

Pottery NW by ForgottenBuildings, on Flickr

Workshop by ForgottenBuildings, on Flickr

_MG_9291 by ForgottenBuildings, on Flickr

Pottery NW by ForgottenBuildings, on Flickr

straight from 1900s by ForgottenBuildings, on Flickr

Workbench by ForgottenBuildings, on Flickr

Wheel by ForgottenBuildings, on Flickr

Drying racks by ForgottenBuildings, on Flickr

Ovens by ForgottenBuildings, on Flickr

Rusty by ForgottenBuildings, on Flickr

Pottery NW by ForgottenBuildings, on Flickr

Light rays by ForgottenBuildings, on Flickr

Pottery NW by ForgottenBuildings, on Flickr

Pottery NW by ForgottenBuildings, on Flickr

Pottery NW by ForgottenBuildings, on Flickr

I also made a in-depth video where we explored the whole factory:

Thanks for reading and watching!
 
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