enjoyable and slightly messy workshop, as the participants get creative
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?