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Drop-In Bonfire Ceramics demonstration with John Winterbottom – PAWF

Join experimental archaeologist John Winterbottom and Diana Hall for a free, live demonstration on how to turn clay into ceramic using a ‘bonfire’ kiln. This process is the oldest method of turning clay into ceramic – a practice that is still used widely today.

Please note that it will be held outside and weather dependent. This demonstration will last a few hours – you’re welcome to drop in for part of it or stay for the whole time. We hope to run a proper technique workshop later in the year.

About John Winterbottom and Diana Hall
John and Diana are two experimental archaeologists interested in watching wet, pliable, mud/clay turn into ceramic when fired to about 800*  in a bonfire kiln.

They have both worked at Singleton Open Air Museum, Chichester – Winchester Cathedral – Bestwell, Wareham, Dorset, Corfe Castle and many other places.  They also demonstrate medieval inlaid tile production and conduct hands-on small tile workshops.



11th June 2023


11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Sandy Hill Arts
Sandy Hill Lane, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5JF