June 2 - June 29, 2013
FREE HAND AND SLOW WHEEL CERAMIC MANUFACTURING
The pyrotechnology section of the workshop deals with technologies that employ fire as a means to transform matter. Our focus is twofold: ceramics and metal. The ceramic manufacturing aspect of the pyrotechnology section will take the participants through all the stages of pottery making. We’ll begin by extracting and cleaning the clay, making the tools that we need and then manufacturing Late Iron Age and Roman vessels either free hand or using a slow wheel. We will experiment with different types of surface treatment and various ways to apply heat. For the purpose of firing the pottery, we will build three distinct environments: a ceramic firing pit, a Dacian (LIA) and a Roman oven. By the end of the workshop, we will be eating and drinking out of our own vessels, using our own utensils, all of them Late Iron Age style!