PottedHistory

Replica Pottery From Antiquity to the 20th Century

Newcastle upon Tyne, England · 236 Sales

PottedHistory

Replica Pottery From Antiquity to the 20th Century

Newcastle upon Tyne, England 236 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(33)

Announcement   I make accurate replicas of ancient pots, specialising in: British Prehistoric, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age; Roman and Anglo Saxon. These go to Museums, Universities and Collectors worldwide. I also make props for TV and Film. Using extensive research and over thirty years of potting experience, combined with; careful selection of materials, purpose made tools and the recreation of ancient firing conditions, result in pots which are as close to the originals as possible.

"If it's old and made from clay, I can usually recreate it."

My reproductions have been used for Museum Displays, Handling Collections, University and School Teaching Aids, re-enactment, LARP, Gifts and Presentations, Stage and TV Props and Interior Design. My pots are always based on actual examples and can be reproductions of specific items in you own collection. I can create informed reconstructions based on fragmentary examples. I begin the process by examining the original piece and then try to reproduce the clay body, make copies of the tools which were used and, once the item is made, I attempt to fire the pots in a manner that the original potters would recognise. Recent projects have included: All the replica pottery for the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre Museum, Neolithic Village and educational handling collection: African pots for Warner Bros., forthcoming Tarzan film: Replica Greek pieces for Dr Michael C Scott's BBC2 series "Who Were The Greeks". I have appeared as an historical pottery expert in in several TV programs including: The Great Pottery Throwdown on BBC2; Mark Miowdownik's, Ceramics: How They Work on BBC4; Secret Britain Series 2 Episode 2, Mysterious Moors of Yorkshire BBC1; Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green, Series 3 (forthcoming)

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Last updated on 14 Dec, 2015

I make accurate replicas of ancient pots, specialising in: British Prehistoric, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age; Roman and Anglo Saxon. These go to Museums, Universities and Collectors worldwide. I also make props for TV and Film. Using extensive research and over thirty years of potting experience, combined with; careful selection of materials, purpose made tools and the recreation of ancient firing conditions, result in pots which are as close to the originals as possible.

"If it's old and made from clay, I can usually recreate it."

My reproductions have been used for Museum Displays, Handling Collections, University and School Teaching Aids, re-enactment, LARP, Gifts and Presentations, Stage and TV Props and Interior Design. My pots are always based on actual examples and can be reproductions of specific items in you own collection. I can create informed reconstructions based on fragmentary examples. I begin the process by examining the original piece and then try to reproduce the clay body, make copies of the tools which were used and, once the item is made, I attempt to fire the pots in a manner that the original potters would recognise. Recent projects have included: All the replica pottery for the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre Museum, Neolithic Village and educational handling collection: African pots for Warner Bros., forthcoming Tarzan film: Replica Greek pieces for Dr Michael C Scott's BBC2 series "Who Were The Greeks". I have appeared as an historical pottery expert in in several TV programs including: The Great Pottery Throwdown on BBC2; Mark Miowdownik's, Ceramics: How They Work on BBC4; Secret Britain Series 2 Episode 2, Mysterious Moors of Yorkshire BBC1; Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green, Series 3 (forthcoming)

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5 out of 5 stars
(33)
higginslisa75

higginslisa75 on 20 Jun, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Love this Venus, she has a very solid, weighty feel (unlike the mass produced version). Very reasonable price & fast shipping too, thank you

higginslisa75

higginslisa75 on 20 Jun, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

She's wonderful, a joy to hold or set up on my altar. Great energy. Very quick, secure shipping. Thank you

Samantha Jones

Samantha Jones on 09 Jun, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Ever since I was a child and first saw a picture in a book on archaeology I have wanted a copy of this statue. This is absolutely beautiful, well made and solid. She will be standing on my altar for years to come. Thank you so much.

Karl Heinz Thonicke

Karl Heinz Thonicke on 23 May, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Eine tolle Kuriosität, welche sehr viel Freude hervorgerufen hat. Ein wahrer Glücksfund, danke und weiter so.

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"If it's old and made from clay, I can usually recreate it."

I've been a potter all my working life: In 1977 I graduated with BA hons in 3D Design, Ceramics and Glass. From 1977 to 2000 I worked for Joe Finch at Appin Pottery in Argyll, making wheel thrown, wood fired stoneware. I then got the opportunity to run Kolonyama Pottery in Lesotho which I did until 1993. From 1993 to 2000 I held the post of Head of Creative Arts at Machabeng College in Lesotho where I established the Selibeng Arts and Cultural Centre and Machabeng Art College. In 2000 I returned to my native Northumberland and along with my wife Lynda Taylor established Crown Studio Gallery in Elsdon, later moving to Rothbury. I've always had a fascination with ancient pottery technology and it was out of this interest that Potted History was born. I am very privileged to be given access to museum collections all over Britain. When I handle an ancient pot it’s a little like shaking hands with the original potter; a handshake across thousands of years. I can feel the impressions made by their thumbs, the pressure of their fingers pushing the wet clay into the palm of the hand to swell out the belly of the pot, the sweep of a tool to decorate the surface. All of these movements are like frozen, or possibly more correctly, fired moments in time, preserved and waiting for me to decode. When I come to emulate their actions and re-create one of these prehistoric masterpieces, I get to know the potter a little better. A conversation takes place … “Oh I see why you did that” ….”What did you use to make that mark?”.........”Now that’s clever, decorating it like that”. The conversation may seem a little one sided but the answers come back to me from the clay. Above all the act of making a piece gives me a deep sense of respect for a fellow craftsperson.

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