The 2006 Season
...experimentally excellent, pottingly poor...
The 2006 season ended on a bit of a mixed note, with the cessation of
the first full firing of the kiln well before ceramic temperatures. Our
gritstone firebox failed to cope with the high temperatures asked of it,
and by the time the left-hand firemouth jamb had cracked and flaked to
about half its original width, we were forced to stop to prevent the
kiln from collapsing. So we still have about a hundred and fifty pots
ready to fire next year. This was a big disappointment for our potters
in particular, but the Project itself was far from a failure. The DWP
has learnt a phenomenal amount about the construction of the Derbyshire
Ware kiln, the production of the pottery and the scale and positioning
of the industry, and we've made valuable contacts for the future. And
next year, we promise the weather will be better for firing...
The DWP is extremely grateful to all our helpers and sponsors.
Without you the Project could not have got off the ground.
The Derbyshire Ware Project is an experimental archaeology programme.
The Project will construct and fire a replica Romano-British Derbyshire
Ware pottery kiln and try to recreate Derbyshire Ware pots.
We're serious in our
and certain that the DWP will produce valuable archaeological results,
but the Project will also be entertaining and educational for all its
participants. There will be lots of work to do on- and off-site, and so
we're looking for volunteers to come and assist.
This website is the main source of information about the DWP, so
check it regularly to find out the latest news.
For 2007 we shall still need LOTS of HELP, including:
So: come and make a pot or two, and help us build the kiln to fire them
in. Without your help the DWP will achieve very little.
- Good potters
- Bad potters
- Novice potters
- Wood collectors
- People interested in ancient pottery
- People interested in archaeology
- People interested in geology
- People interested in pyrotechnology
- People who don't mind getting dirty
- People who know about gas analysis
- People who are enthusiastic
- People with a bit of free time this summer