Inside the Pottery

Gladding, McBean is a huge old pottery, with many acres of production rooms, drying rooms, and kiln rooms under one roof. It’s a fascinating place to explore with a camera.  Some rooms are used daily for current projects; others look like they haven’t been active in decades.  Many areas are covered in a fine, monochrome, clay dust.  Some rooms are very dark, with only a hint of reflected outdoor light; in others the window lighting and shadows change by the hour. On weekends it’s very quiet inside, except for the distant rumble of firing kilns and furnace fans.

Stairway to the office

A dark corridor in the factory

Inside a spray booth

Kiln room

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Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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2 Responses to Inside the Pottery

  1. Kathy Eyster says:


    These are excellent photos! I especially like the colors of the artificial lights in the Kiln Room photo! And the shapes in the Spray Booth! That one would be great in b&w too! 🙂 Do you have any plans to submit a portfolio to Lenswork for publication?

    Missoula, Montana

  2. Tim Messick says:

    Thanks, Kathy! I don’t think I have enough yet from Gladding McBean for a portfolio. I’m more inclined to submit the aircraft photos ( to Lenswork, but I still need a “statement” and an artsy title for that group.

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