Isaac Button was the last true English country potter. In a day, he could turn a ton of clay into pots. When timed he threw a lump of clay on to the wheel, pulled it high, then cut it off with wire in 22 seconds. In an hour, he could turn out 120 pots. In a day, 1,200. Isaac Button died in 1969 and his kiln, at Soil Hill, near Halifax, now lies cold and desolate.
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