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4,794,493 Smartphones Charged
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Experts calculate that in the heyday of the pottery industry, there were up to 2,000 bottle kilns throughout Stoke-on-Trent. The Clean Air Act of 1956 saw the end for the coal fired ovens as the local factories turned to gas & electricity.
Today, less than 50 kilns remain standing across the city & they are all listed buildings. Some of them have been recently restored whereas others are in very poor condition.
The ‘Stoke 2000′ is a project celebrating art, culture & education. It sees the creation of kiln shaped wall planters including bird feeders & bug hotels from reclaimed wooden pallets donated by local businesses & made by local craftsman & volunteers.
The project originated from Stoke-on-Trent’s recent 2021 City of Culture bid. Shine in Media attended a ‘cultural educational partnership’ meeting where priorities were set to increase engagement with young people & communities & to share skills & knowledge to create cultural legacies.
We pledge to reinstate the 2000 kilns across the city & engage with local youth groups & organisations. Teaching young people new skills will help to leave a cultural legacy for the next generation.
A film documentary made by young people will also help in promoting the project & maximise social impact. Showcasing the iconic kiln-planters across Stoke-on-Trent in community spaces & residential areas will give a lasting reminder of our rich culture & heritage to local people & visitors to the potteries.