The Historic Clay district part V
Last friday Aaron Nelson, the artistic director of Medalta gave us a tour at the old China hycroft Factory. This factory is close to Medalta. It was really amazing and inspiring!The Hycroft China Factory was shut down in 1989. Toilets and table ware were made here. This site was designated a Provincial Historical Site in 1995.
The clay-products industry in Medicine Hat began production in the mid-1880s, shortly after the Canadian Pacific Railway's transcontinental line went through the region. Blessed with high-quality clay and natural gas to fuel the kilns, Medicine Hat became a focus for the creation of bricks, pottery, and other ceramics. In the late 1930s, J. Harlan "Hop" Yuill decided, in spite of the vagaries of the Depression and robust competition from Medalta Potteries, to forge ahead with a new clay-products company in Medicine Hat. The Medicine Hat Pottery Company began production in 1938, offering more delicate and ornate products than Medalta. Source: Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch (File: Des. 1885)