Glass and Ceramics
Glass, pottery, ceramics, and beadwork
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-10-27 21:21
A team of scientists from the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany has analyzed glass beads found in former Rhaetian settlements in Bavaria, and concluded that the beads, dating from the 1st through 4th centuries, must have originated "somewhere near a soda lake like those in Wadi El Natrun in Egypt." (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-10-20 19:23
Archaeologist Matt Beresford is hoping that his team will find conclusive evidence that a "lost" pre-Norman village may be found beneath the streets of the Nottinghamshire town of Southwell. The project was being funded by a UK£5,800 Heritage Lottery grant. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-08-09 19:02
A 2012 entry on the Staffordshire Hoard blog takes an "up close and personal" look at the use of glass in the gold artifacts of the Hoard. While the majority of gemstones in the objects have been identified as garnets, a number of the colored, transparent inlays are glass. The article includes a number of photos.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-07-18 09:08
Brita reports that she has created an album of photos from Palio de Stonemarche which took place June 15, 2013 in the East Kingdom. The photos are available to view on Shutterfly.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-06-25 15:03
Residents of Hilton, England turned out for several drizzly days of community archaeology recently when Dove Valley Community Archaeology sponsored a series of digs around the village. During the five-day process, fifteen pits were opened, uncovering coins and pottery from Roman times through the 16th century.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-06-12 07:40
Until January 5, 2014, the Corning Museum of Glass will present Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead, a major exhibition of glass beads and beadwork from many cultures. In addition, the museum will offer demonstrations of bead-making, as well as hosting its Annual Seminar on Glass October 18-19, 2013.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-05-07 15:03
Dorset auctioneer Richard Bromell had an Antiques Roadshow moment recently when he was told that a plate, "found hanging on a makeshift wire frame in a Somerset cottage" was a 16th century original maiolica, bringing over £500,000 at auction. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-04-18 21:39
The Unified Glass Arts Day, Canton of Three Hills and West Michigan Glass Arts is seeking instructors and glassblowers for a day-long immersion at a modern glass studio.
Submitted by Historical Glas... on Thu, 2013-04-04 11:42
Historical Glassworks creates handblown glass articles, specializing in historical reproductions. Available items include tools, feast gear, accessories, and decorative gifts. They also offer live demonstrations. View their calendar for a list of upcoming events in your area.
Submitted by Justin on Mon, 2013-04-01 07:20
Following on his acclaimed "Tweedle Glomping in Period" series, Maistor Justinos Tekton, called Justin, offers this detailed article on creating a period tablet computing device from scratch, using only tools and techniques available in the Middle Ages.
Submitted by Buxom Bitch Hor... on Mon, 2012-11-26 22:18
Buxom Bitch Horns and Archery offers hand painted drinking horns, leather drinking mugs, sandblasted glass, and Mongolian horse bows made by Istvan Toth. Check them out on Etsy or look for them at renaissance fairs science fiction conventions or SCA. They were formally known as The Stag and The Griffin.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-11-17 18:03
The 11th century Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the Battle of Hastings, measures an impressive 70m (230ft). Now an artist from Somerset, England has engraved the entire piece onto a crystal bowl. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-09-21 14:21
Reserve this date: November 9, 2013 for a very special event in the Canton of Three Hills: Unified Glass Arts Day at West Michigan Glass Arts Center 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49007, sponsored by the Canton of Three Hills.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-09-01 13:47
On the blog Cultural Compass, an employee of the Harry Ransom Center chronicles the discovery of rare evidence of medieval eyeglasses, not in an illustration, but in the end pages of a book.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-08-26 15:50
A feature in Vidimus Magazine, a journal dedicated to medieval stained glass, showcases twelve 16th century demi-figures found in windows at Holy Trinity Church, Hatton, Warwickshire, England. The figures depict Old Testament kings and prophets. (photos)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2012-08-07 19:19
A large amount of glazed late16th century pottery has been found in a garden in Rainford, England. The find includes many drinking vessels.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-06-23 04:00
Experts from the University of Reading now believe that glass-making around England's Glastonbury Abbey may be some of the industry's earliest in Great Britain. Chemical analysis will be used to date the glass, which believed to be from the 680s, the time of the Saxon King Ine of Wessex.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-05-28 16:54
Italian archaeologists have recently excavated a 3rd century Roman shipwreck off the coast of Marausa Lido, a beach resort near Trapani. On board they found eveidence of smuggling in the form of unusual tubular tiles, taken from North Africa to Rome. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2012-05-11 11:21
A researcher examining excavation reports from Glastonbury Abbey has found that the glass fragments and glassmaking remains found there date to the 680's, much earlier than previously thought.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-05-04 18:22
We'd like to invite you to the 3rd Biannual Calontir Metal and Glassworkers Symposium! Taking place August 31-Sept 3, 2012 at Puddleford (Warrenton, MO).
Submitted by Groomporter on Fri, 2012-04-20 10:08
J. Henderson Artifacts recreates historic pattern mugs, jugs, bottles, jars, chamber pots, candleholders, lanterns, inkwells, pitchers, pots, bowls, pie-birds, dolls, trenchers, plates, churns, including wood-fired salt glazes. Their wares are used as props by several historic sites.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Fri, 2012-04-20 08:51
The extensive collection of paintings, engravings and artefacts in the Museum Boijmans Van Beunigen is now searchable online.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-04-15 12:10
In an article for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Senior Ceramics and Glass Conservator Fi Jordan shares photos and commentary on a student project to clean a 16th century, free-standing ceramic stove. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-04-07 12:23
Plans for the new kitchen and classrom space are on hold at Norton primary school in North Yorkshire, England due to the discovery of a Roman kiln, complete with pottery fragments.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-03-10 20:28
Japanese Archaeologists working at Shindo Remains in Kashihara City, Nara Prefecture, have found an early 12th century pot with the face of ogre drawn on its surface in ink. Kashihara City was once the location of Japan's capital.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-02-27 22:41
The Reverend James Bruce of St Michael and All Angels in Lyndhurst, England wanted a new driveway for the church, and allowed archaeologists to excavate the mound on which the church stands. Under the church, they discovered nearly 100 bits of medieval pottery.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-01-22 14:10
The Israel Antiquities Authority reports that remnants of a Byzantine oil jar, dating to the 6th century, has been found on Netanya's Poleg beach. The presence of the large jar suggests trade in olive oil along the Israeli coast. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2012-01-17 16:13
In the Israeli city of Acre around 500 CE, Larry the Baker left his mark. A ceramic Byzantine bread stamp has been unearthed bearing the classic Jewish seven branch Menorah and the name "Laurentius" written out in Greek letters.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-12-22 23:15
The Parish Church Cathedral of St Michael in Coventry, England was constructed in the 12th century. In World War II, it was destroyed when the city of Coventry was bombed and burned. Before the destruction, five historic windows were removed and are now the subjest of a BBC slideshow.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-12-12 17:52
Neil Holbrook, chief executive at Cotswold Archaeology, said he "can't underestimate the potential significance" of the discovery of more than 40 graves, dating to early Roman times, in Cirencester, England.