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  • Barbotine Ware Workshop with Potted History

    Create your own Barbotine scene with Potted History at Roman Vindolanda.

    These workshops are designed for adults, no previous experience is necessary, but if you have made pots before or have an interest in archaeology the course will add to your skills and knowledge of the subject.The course combines basic pottery making techniques and history, but most of all they are fun. They are very much hands-on workshops, working with replica pots and original finds you will learn about the special properties of each type of pottery covered. We will look at the history, the materials involved, the forming methods and the decorating techniques and you will create a replica of your own which will be fired and returned to you.

    No previous pottery or archaeological experience is needed. 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 you make during the workshop are yours to keep.

    During this workshop participants will learn about Roman Barbotine Ware, sometimes referred to as Colour-Coated Ware or Castor Ware. This slip trailing technique, a little like icing a cake, was used to decorate Roman pottery with scenes of hunting, chariot racing, and gladiatorial combat. These pots were then coated in a dark slip and fired to give them a soft sheen You will learn to use replica Roman tools to decorate a tile panel based on an original scene, that can then be framed or wall mounted. You will learn about the special properties of the slip coating that gives Barbotine Ware its beautiful black shine. Your finished tile will be fired and posted directly to your home. The course will be 3 hours.

    Morning Session 10-1pm

    Afternoon Session 2-5pm

    Please note this is a half-day course please select either the morning or the afternoon option for the date you would like to attend.


    Workshop takes place at Roman Vindolanda and is run by Graham Taylor from Potted History.

    Workshop price includes all materials.

    Places are limited to 8 persons per workshop, book early to avoid disappointment.