Sunday 20 November 2011

Replicas as Christmas Gifts

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on a number of different replicas including Neolithic Carinated Bowls & Unstan Bowls, Bronze Age Beakers, Iron-Age Decorated Bowls & Roman Hunt Cups and these are now on display in Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street, Rothbury.  So if you need a special gift for the Archaeologist, Historian, Antiquarian or Re-enactor in your life, or even for yourself, I may be able to help.  Whatever festival you’re celebrating, be it Christmas, The Pagan Solstice, The Saturnalia, Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (The Birth of the Invincible Sun, Mithras), or any other mid Winter Festival, I should have something that will suit.  If you can't get to Rothbury just ask and I can post items to you.

I take a great delight in the idea that I'm part of a potting tradition that stretches back thousands of years and try to make and fire the pots in ways that the original makers would recognise.  I take even greater delight in the idea that the pots will be owned and used by someone who truly appreciates their heritage, and will use them as they were intended.

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Saturday 5 November 2011

Roman Hunt Cups

I've been turning and finishing the Hunt Cups today and now they're in my workshop drying.
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Thursday 3 November 2011

I'm working on stock for my trip to TORM (The Original Re-enactors' Market) next week, so today I've been making Roman barbotine decorated, colour coated, hunt cups.  This involves building up the relief decoration using very thick slip.  For absolute authenticity I'm using a cows horn and goose quill slip trailer!

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