Course Provider: Potted History
Contact Name: Graham Taylor
Telephone: 01669 622890
Crown Studio Gallery
Course Length: 1 day
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The Basic Roman Pottery workshop is fun and educational and flexible: it can cover Roman wheel making or Roman head pots,
Workshops can also be specifically designed for school groups from Primary School to Sixth Form or Special Needs. No previous pottery experience is needed and groups of mixed ability can work together. One thing is guaranteed; they will be fun!
Sessions can consist of a mixture of demonstration and hands-on workshop. These can be presented to a single group booked in for the full workshop or can be presented to passing crowds or drop in groups as part of a larger event.
The arrival of the Romans in Northern Britain also meant the arrival of the potters wheel and the kiln, supplanting the native traditions of hand built, coiled pottery and open "bonfire" firing. At a leap, pot making went from being a domestic craft to a full blown industry.
In Celtic Britain, with its relatively small scattered farming communities, there had been little need for pottery production on an industrial scale. It is almost certain that individuals would have made pots for their own personal use or that of their community. It is suggested that Cartimandua's (Queen of Northern England during the 1st Century) decision to make a pact with the Romans was partly influenced by her admiration of imported pottery.
There is increasing evidence for pottery production in the North of England, with sites such as Sedgefield yielding pottery kilns, tile making at Brampton and temporary kilns in marching camps near Otterburn.
Graham Taylor's work is based as far as possible on actual excavated evidence, with the aim of furthering our understanding of that evidence by experimentation.
What's included in the price?
Tools and materials are included in the course fee - expect to get your hands dirty!