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  • Samian Ware Workshop with Potted History

    Create your own Samian Bowl 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 Samian Ware, Terra Sigillata, arguably the world's first truly mass-produced pottery. Much of the decorated Samian Ware produced in Gaul between the 1st and 3rd centuries AD was made in moulds. You will be working with moulds to make your own Samian Ware Bowl using the same methods, tools and materials that the original Gaulish potters would have used nearly two thousand years ago. Learn about the special properties of Terra Sigillata slip, the coating that gives Samian Ware its beautiful shine. Your finished pot will be fired, and will then be posted directly to your home. The course will be 3 hours.

    Morning sessions - 10am - 1pm

    Afternoon sessions 2pm - 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 6 persons per workshop.