Fortunately winter storms held for this first weekend in February as lectures
by Dr. Leigh Symonds brought us in from all corners of the province. The first lecture
was Saturday morning with Dr. Symonds discussing general characteristics of Anglo/Scandinavian
pottery. Sat afternoon was devoted to turning Dr. Symonds' lectures into practice.
Based on the techniques she showed were within or close to the Norse period, David
Clarke, a professional potter, gave us some pointers on how to actually work with
clay. In these pictures, attendees and Dr. Symonds are experimenting with rolling
clay flat (or molding them onto existing forms) and rolling clay into coils for
sides and decoration. The pot making continued well into the evening after dinner,
until, in a period fashion, little light was available to work by. Some folks
added some finishing touches Sunday morning before we began the last lecture.
This second lecture was entitled "Contextualizing Pottery in the Early Medieval
Period" and featured items from Dr. Symonds' Ph.D. thesis. The pots were
then left to dry with the intention of being fired in a pit fire at a later date