Prehistoric pottery workshop - Friday 5th April 2019 10-4pm
This workshop will teach you the basics of Prehistoric pot making. Graham Taylor of Potted History is one of the UK's best historical (and prehistorical) potters with a deep understanding of the background archaeology and pottery theory. His work can be seen on display at Stonehenge and Hadrian's Wall (as well as many other museums).
Around 4500 years ago, as the Neolithic drew to a close, a new culture was sweeping mainland Europe, with it came metal, gold, copper and bronze, changes in religion and burial practice, and new types of pottery. It is from this “Bronze Age”pottery, that we have named the people who brought it to Britain, the “Beaker People”. The beakers that they made, were more refined and more highly decorated that the pottery of the late Neolithic, they were drinking vessels probably associated with the consumption of beer. They, along with a range of mysterious “accessory vessels”, were seen as sufficiently important to accompany their makers into the afterlife. Graham will teach you the pottery skills of the Bronze Age and show you how to create your own replicas of one of these fine vessels.
All materials and equipment will be provided, although wearing old clothes and/or bringing along an apron would probably be a good idea. All pots and tools that you make during the workshop are yours to keep. Information sheets will be provided to help you continue potting once you return home. Graham will give you sufficient information to allow you fire them in an authentic manner. No previous pottery or archaeological experience is needed, but if you have either you will be able to build on the knowledge that you already have.
Accommodation is not included but if required it is available within the local area, some suggestions can be found on our 'local accommodation' page - please arrange this yourself. Refreshments are provided on their day but not lunches.
Toilet and classroom all easily accessible from the car park *Please bring a packed lunch*. Attendees must be over 16.