Best dating method for pottery
It works as a kiln using a hole in the ground as insulation and fuel to reach temperatures around 2000 degrees farenheit.
Whatever you decide to use cover the entire bottom of the pit with an even layer. Place your pottery or pieces on top of the combustibles on the bottom of the pit leaving an inch between each piece. Next you will need to cover your pieces with more of the leaves, twigs, manure or whatever you are using, building up a mound.You will need to start earlier so you don’t have to leave before the beach is closed. As for other pages on this site, this page IS very much a work in progress! Because the webmaster is NOT an expert on the subject & has never been to Sunderland.And, so far, at least, has made heavy weather of learning about the whole subject of potteries.If you spot errors on this page, big or small, do let the webmaster know so the matters can be corrected.Be careful not to break or crack your pieces since they are still very fragile. Make sure to use all safety precautions with this step. You may need to add twisted newspaper to the sides of the mound to get it to ignite.
After the mound is burning, let it burn until the flames die down and the fire is reduced to a smoulder.
Essentially a metallic sheen, given to the piece of pottery by adding metallic oxides to the glaze.
The origins of the 'lustring' technique go back many centuries.
The image above is almost certainly of a Sunderland pottery.
It is of an English pottery, however, since the image was published in a volume entitled 'The Heart of England' by Ivor Brown. Now Sunderland is famous for its 'lustreware' (or 'lusterware' in North America). K., it would seem, Staffordshire & elsewhere also, but particularly Sunderland.
You can then let the fire smoulder for several hours. After several hours of smouldering you can then bury the pit with dirt or sand. The next morning carefully dig up your pieces, but be careful they still may be hot.