Pottery

   An enjoyable and slightly messy workshop, as the participants get creative with clay.

   This workshop commences with the evidence for 'pottery' - anything that is made from clay and the making of things from clay - by looking at pictures of finds and replica clay objects. Then, after practising working the clay we make two items that are very important - both to the people of the time and to archaelogists - the loom-weight and spindle-whorl. Finally, everyone gets to make a pot using the pictures and replicas as inspiration. The pots can be decorated with a selection of tools and replica pot-stamps, and can be taken home.

   I supply the clay and all tools. If there is no access to a kiln we can use air-drying clay instead.

Questions answered: Where dos clay come from? What things were made from clay, and how were they made? How do we know about these things?