Gladding, McBean & Company has been a fixture of Lincoln since 1875. Manufacturers of clay sewer pipe, roof tiles, decorative pots and hand-made terra cotta artwork, Gladding, McBean & Co. continues to operate using many of the same methods as they used 140 years ago.
I was fortunate to be invited for a reception and photo tour this week. The plant is not open to the public for tours or visits, so this invitation was very special.
Nearly a dozen photographers began the tour with refreshments and safety instructions. Our guide, Dan Cross, led us through the plant to four areas. Dan kept us together, no small feat for someone to herd photographers in such a visually-rich setting! We explored the “museum” areas that houses pieces of terra cotta architecture and artwork, the terra cotta crafting area and a section of out-of-service kilns, affectionately known as “the Shire.”
Additional photographs from the photo tour can be viewed here.
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