An enjoyable and slightly messy workshop, as the participants get creative with clay.

   This workshop commences with the evidence for 'pottery' - anything that is made from clay and the making of things from clay or clæg (clah-y) - by looking at pictures of finds and replica clay objects. Then, after practising working the clay we make two items that are very important - both to the people of the time and to archaelogists - the loom-weight and spindle-whorl. Finally, everyone gets to make a pot using the pictures and replicas as inspiration. The pots can be decorated with a selection of tools and replica pot-stamps, and can be taken home.

   We supply the clay and all tools. If there is no access to a kiln we suggest air-drying clay be used.

Key Facts / Sources:
where clay comes from; uses; what archaeologists find; stamp shapes; art styles
5 years upwards
Companion Workshop(s):
Suitable Hand-Outs:
Any from the Make Your Own . . . 'Pot' selection (11) 'Cynefrith the Clay-worker' picture to colour
Pottery Information Sheet  
wipe down tables for working on