Bowl inspired by BBW, stoneware, wheel thrown, glazed with iron rich Cornish Stone glaze in electric kiln
Shards of Black Burnished Ware from Bestwall Quarry
Bowl, thrown, burnished, insised and smoked.
These functional bowls are inspired by the Celtic Iron Age pottery of Dorset.
They are a very useful size and shape, easy to handle and very versatile, as well as being pleasing on the eye.
The shape known as the “Maiden Castle War Cemetery Bowl” is a design classic; so called because they are found with the Warrior burials at the Dorset Hillfort, ritually filled with food for the afterlife.
The bowls were prize possessions of local origin in the Iron Age.
In the Roman period following, the technology formed the basis of a huge industry in the Poole Harbour area and was a great commercial success, with the pottery traded all over Britain and northern France.
The originals were usually decorated with a lattice design around the outside, which enhanced their appearance and identified them – as a “brand”. The designs were tried and tested, part of the local heritage, which archaeologists now use to identify and date the cultural remains.
The Celtic pots were unglazed, burnished with an attractive smooth black finish, achieved by densely smoking them in a clamp after initial firing.
Bill's modern versions are made for everyday domestic use from stoneware clay; they have safe non-toxic glazes and are waterproof, ovenproof, microwave proof, easy to clean and fully functional. Yet they retain the simple shape and appeal.
The range of sizes fit all occasions, they can be used for food preparation, cooking, storage and serving for the living as well as the dead !
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