|Monthly Tech-Tip |
This was built just after the turn of the 20th century and was one of about 25 at the Alberta Clay Products company. It was used to fire salt-glazed ceramic pipe, these were used for municipal sewer and water lines. A ceramic industry quickly grew in the city because it had good clay, natural gas, plenty of water, a dry climate, industrious people, a large river and it was on the Trans Canada highway and railway.
Salt firing is a process where unglazed ware is fired to high temperatures and salt is introduced to produce a vapor that glazes the ware.