In 1919 a syndicate was formed from amongst local residents to build a pottery on Jampot Creek on the outskirts of Pomona. It was an opportune time to begin this venture as household things were difficult to source locally during World War I. A horse-driven pug mill was purchased to commence construction of a 30 ft (or around 10 m) high kiln - 78,000 bricks were used, all of which were hand made.
The finished kiln was 15 ft (around 5 m) in diameter and contained 10 furnaces which used timber as fuel - a great quantity being required for even a single firing. The clay obtained at the site was the consistency of thin cream which was then sifted through fine sieves, dried and stored to "ripen" for several days before use.
Kaolin had also been discovered in the area in around 1912 (used for talc powder and French chalk) and this was sent by rail as far away as Adelaide.
Pomona Pottery Jardinere
Pomona Pottery Container
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