Saturday, 10 June 2017
Beehive Kilns at Medalta Potteries
These beehive kilns are a feature of The Medalta Museum
in the Historic Clay District of Medicine Hat, Alberta.
Medicine Hat had two advantages when it came to
producing clay products: natural gas and clay deposits.
Medalta brand pottery was popular all across Canada
during the first half of the twentieth century; chances
are, grandma's milk jug was made by Medalta.
An interesting note about the beehive kilns is that
they were used as "hotels" for those riding the rails
during the dirty thirties. The guests were welcome to
spend the night at no charge in a cooling kiln, but
come morning and a new work day, they had to be on
Medalta is a National Historic Site and is much more
than a museum. You can find more information
about it here:
Photographed on June 4, 2017.