THE ABANDONED, DECAYED AND FORGOTTEN!

THE OLD POTTERY

APRIL 2009 - 60 PHOTOS
ABANDONED

SLIDESHOW I THUMBS I THUMBS [RUSTY]

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The origin of the tile bakery goes back to 1677. The factory provided beside tiles also flowers and chimney pottery. Along the old Rhine, an important traffic-artery at that time period, was filled with tiles and stone factories. Raw materials such as sand, peat and clay were sufficiently present. The clay for the pans of this factory came from an area on the other side of the Rhine and were transported in small boats. After pressing the tiles and pots where laid to dry in long open wooden shacks. After the drying periods the tiles and pottery where backed in ovens, which were stoked with peat or coal to a 1000 degrees temperature, depending it's purpose.

The whole atmosphere is magnificent, light shatters through small openings between the wood and holes between the tiles. Leaving a great impression of an ancient but slowly lost craft industry. Classic machinery is still standing on the old wooden floors and tools are spread on the working tables. Old pots are covered with a layer of dust and spiderwebs, the abandoned tiles must be dry by now. In 1999, the last tiles were eventually baked and the factory became closed.

Today the current complex exists from 37 different pawns varying from 75 years up to 150 years of age and falls under the protection of the monument law. This for the Netherlands unique piece of history is silently waiting for a new destination.