Bill runs pottery classes (which have a massive
waiting list!) and occasional workshops.
this link to see this events page, where details of
some of the forthcoming events can be seen, including workshops.
Links are given
here for the workshops held at
Butser Iron Age Farm on 22nd & 23rd April 2023 and The Ancient Technology Centre at
Cranborne on 13th & 14th May 2023.
Bill's 2022 project was the production of a
collection of prehistoric pottery replicas for Bournemouth University
Archaeology Department, to help the students understand the nature of those
types of pots. There is an archive page
at this link.
"The Ridgeway Pottery Collective",
some of Bill's students, have started to work together more cohesively. Born
of the folk who are addicted to using the wood fuelled kiln to fire their
pots, the group now comes together to sell their wares at various events.
Follow this link for an
Bill's constructed a
Bread Oven in his garden, although it is not an exact replica of an ancient
oven, it has many features of early ovens.
This is the link to see images
with explanations of the construction and use.
In September 2020 Bill ran a pottery workshop at
Butser Iron Age Farm, including some firing which is explained
at this link.
In August 2019, Bill carried out some firing demonstrations at "Out of Eden" in Wales. There is an archive report with images and text at this link.
In March 2019, Bill was at the Ancient Technology Centre, firing Black Burnished Ware replicas in a kiln made of turf. A report and images can be found at this link.
Bill conducted Pit Firings with his fellow potter Jennie Hanrahan. There
are archives of images and comments at this
Bill standing in the Pit, removing the contents.
On 5th November 2016, Bill and friends did some experimental firings of their ancient pottery replicas at the site of the Upwey Village Bonfire. See this link for a description of the activities.
There is a page that features images of Bill's studio at home, after being set up for the Artwey Art Trail in September 2014.
Replicas of Glastonbury Ware Bowls
Bill has a passion for ancient pottery, he undertakes
experimental archaeology and explorations into Neolithic and Bronze Age techniques.
Bill's most famous commission was the collection of replicas for the Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre, see details at this link.
Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre Display of Replica pottery
Bill undertakes experimental pottery firings, using bonfires and simple kilns made of turf.
A clamp firing experiment at Martin Green's Farm
by Bill, more can be seen at
Commissions include beaker replicas for Somerset County Council Museum service. They are copies of the 3 beakers found at Hincley Point in the Wick Barrow and Neolithic style bowls, there is a page about this project at this link.