Pit-Fired pottery

Saturday 23 June - Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July 2018


The course

Working with local clays, students will explore the techniques and create pots that echo those found at the Neolithic causewayed enclosure at the Trundle hill near to the Museum. On the course you will cover clay preparation, as well as three different types of hand building techniques and decoration.

There will be the opportunity to return to the Museum to take part in a pit firing of the pots on Saturday 30 June 2018, this will start at 9am and continue until the pots are fired (which can be after 6pm). The following morning (Sunday 1 July) you can return to the Museum to open the pit and take your pot home.

The tutor

Alison Sandeman runs her well established pottery studio in a rural setting near Rowland’s Castle, in West Sussex. She is well known for her functional pots and more recently her individual ceramics in stoneware, porcelain and Raku. Alison is also a long standing tutor at West Dean College, where she teaches pottery and ceramics on the Short Courses Programme. She also teaches making skills and clay technologies to the students on the MA and Diploma Programme in Conservation of Ceramics and Related Materials. For the last ten years Alison has been exploring ancient making and firing techniques, which includes pit firing, and archaeological clay technologies. Strong links with the Chichester District Museum, and their Collection Stores at Fishbourne are an essential part of this exciting process. She is also currently working on a research project with University College London, on ancient making techniques. Alison’s work has been shown in galleries and museums around the country and is in collections worldwide. She regularly exhibits at local venues and at her pottery. She has been a member of the Southern Ceramic Group for a number of years, and is an Associate member of the Craftsmen’s Potters Association.

Participant information

Please wear clothing that you do not mind getting dirty and for firing the pots please bring waterproofs as this takes place outside.

Fee and refreshments

£120 per person, to include tuition, materials, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch. Please let the Museum know in advance any special dietary requirements.



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