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  • Samian Ware Workshop with Potted History

    Create your own Samian Bowl and Mould 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. 

    During this workshop participants will learn about Roman Samian Ware, 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 begin by making a set of decoration punches, which can then be used to make your own mould. You will have the opportunity to try your hand at using a replica Roman Stick Wheel. Using pre-prepared moulds, you will make and decorate your own Samian Ware bowl. You will learn about the special properties of Terra Sigillata slip, the coating that gives Samian Ware its beautiful shine. Your finished pot and mould will be fired, and an additional pot will be made from the mould that you have created, these pieces will then be returned to Vindolanda for collection or, for a small additional charge, posted directly to your home. The course will be 5 hours with another hour for lunch, there is a café on site.

    10am - 12 noon

    Lunch 1 hour

    1pm - 4pm

    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.