The excavations at the 19th-century Barton Hill Pottery in Bristol (see previous post) produced one surprise. Evidently the pottery cat was much loved by the potters. In one of the waster heaps the archaeologists found a carefully placed small salting-pan with the skeleton of the cat curled up as if asleep inside. You wonder if that was what he/she was apt to do in life – tucked up in a pot in a warm corner in the kiln room?

Nice pot too!
Update Jan 2017. Cai Mason’s full report on the Barton Hill Pottery excavation has now been published in Post-Medieval Archaeology – see
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  1. Cai Mason says:

    Dear Oliver

    I have just completed writing an article for post-med arch on the excavations I undertook at the Barton Hill Pottery while I was working for BaRAS (I now work for Wessex Archaeology).

    I am now ready to submit the article for review. One of the things they ask for is to suggest two referees that they could use in case they don’t have anyone suitable available, and I was wondering if you or David would be willing to consider being a referee should they require one? Also do you have an email address that I could contact you directly on?

    All the best

    Cai Mason


    • Oliver Kent says:

      Hi Cai. Good to hear from you. Of course David or I would be happy to referee. We will be very interested to read what you have written anyway.
      I am not particularly keen to put an email address on here but if you contact the art school on their enquires address they will reroute to me – queensroad(at) and we can go from there.


      • caimason says:

        Hi Oliver

        That’s great to hear. Reg Jackson has also agreed to be a referee if required. As it happens I was just reading your ‘English Country Pottery – or is it?’ post on fire and clay.It seems we have been thinking along similar lines as a some of my discussion concerns the assumption that this type of pottery was a rural phenomenon, when in fact large amounts of it was actually produced by small to medium sized urban potteries.

        All the best



  2. Cai Mason says:

    The Barton Hill Pottery article has now been published – free eprints are available via this link

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