Category Archives: Experimental Archaeology

(Re) Excavating the Medieval Kiln at Newport, Pembrokeshire

Work on the Memorial Hall in Newport, near Fishguard in Pembrokeshire has moved on another stage as we have been able to begin re-excavating and recording the medieval kiln in the basement.  Having got the appropriate permissions, the aim has … Continue reading

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The Newport Medieval Kiln, Pembrokeshire

David Dawson and I were invited to visit Newport in Pembrokeshire recently to see the Newport Medieval Kiln and contribute our thoughts. This amazing survivor has been hidden in plain sight under the Memorial Hall in Newport for over 100 … Continue reading

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An Experimental Pottery Kiln in Gestingthorpe, Essex. 

Gestingthorpe and the neighbouring villages – Castle Heddingham, Sible Heddingham and Sudbury – have a lot of ceramic history in proportion to their size. The landscape is marked with clay names and clay pits. The area is famous for bricks … Continue reading

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17th-Century Kiln Reconstruction at Little Woodham, Hampshire

Roger Harris, the potter at the 1642 Living History Village at Little Woodham outside Gosport in Hampshire has been building a reconstruction of a 17th-century Barnstaple-type kiln for a while now. On the 2nd of August David Dawson and I … Continue reading

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PLIMOTH PLANTATION DEMOLISHES ’17TH CENTURY’ POTTERY KILN

Very Sad News from Massachusetts. I am told that in the last week of April Plimoth Plantation quietly demolished the kiln we designed and built for (and with) them in 2001. The wood-fired replica of a 17th-century updraught kiln from … Continue reading

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HOT BREAD AND CLAY: BUILDING CLAY OVENS – CLOAM OVENS

I have always hankered after a clay oven ever since I first saw one of the West Country cloam ovens. We bake our own pizzas regularly in the kitchen and it would be great to make our own bread. There … Continue reading

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The Bickley Book – iPad edition now available from blurb.com

The Bickley Book celebrates the 30 years of the Bickley Ceramics Project in Somerset. Published in 2012, it’s 40 pages and over 100 colour photographs outline the various aspects of the project from kilns and firings to the farm and … Continue reading

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