What you will do
2 hour workshop
Make a working replica Roman oil lamp in clay. These lamps use olive or other cooking oil and a wick and are lit like a candle. Su, an archaeologist and ceramicist for many years, offers a choice of ten differently designed lamp moulds (for example ship, dolphin, shell, gladiator) all based on actual Roman lamps excavated on archaeological sites, many here in London. The workshop offers an introduction to pottery techniques including using a press mould, joining clay, fettling and finishing and the experience of making a ceramic oil lamp using the same techniques and materials as the Romans did. This is a hands-on way of getting a further understanding of Roman life and craftsmen. At the end of your session the lamp will be dried, then fired in her kiln. It can be picked up from there when fired, by arrangement or for a small fee by post. You will get your beautiful, functioning Roman lamp with a wick and leaflet about its origin. Ready to use!
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We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
Time & Location
Select a date and location you want and your teacher will get back to you to confirm their availability.
About your host, The Potting Shed London
The Potting Shed London is run by Su Leaver an experienced ceramicist who has been teaching and running classes for many years.
The classes are based in her Hackney studio, limited to 4 people so lots of tuition.
She tries to make her classes fun and to ensure a creative , relaxed and sociable environment.
You need to bring: Your enthusiasm for making pottery! My studio can be very cold in winter so please wear warm clothes. Clay can be messy so bear this in mind, although I do provide plastic aprons. Tea will be provided
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.