Any Colour You Like: International Perspectives in Ceramic Analysis

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  • The circulation of college crockery in Cambridge, England, c.1760-1950: an urban archaeological tracer dye? (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Craig Cessford.

    From c. 1760 onwards the colleges and other component elements of the University of Cambridge, England, regularly used ceramics marked with the names of colleges and the cooks who worked for them. We know with absolute certainty where many of these ceramics were principally employed, during dining in the hall of the college. This information, combined with their known depositional contexts, allows us to consider such ceramics as a form of archaeological ‘tracer dye’, whereby the circulation of...

  • Early pottery manufacturing in Sydney, Australia, 1801-1830 (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Mary Casey.

    Pottery manufacturing in Sydney produced a mixture of decorated and utilitarian products.  This paper focuses on pottery manufactured by Thomas Ball (c1801-1823) and a few fine examples by John Moreton and an unidentified potter.  Thomas Ball was an early potter in Sydney, an emancipated convict who trained in Staffordshire and was tried for his unknown crimes in Warwickshire.  He arrived in Sydney in 1799 and was soon operating a pottery (c1801-1823) in the Brickfields.  Analysis of over 625 kg...

  • English ceramics in Gdansk, Poland (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Joanna A. Dabal.

    In this paper the author presents three categories of imported ceramics: pottery, clay tobacco pipes and building materials (bricks and water pipes). The ceramics date from the 18th through to the beginning of 20th Century. All of the presented materials come from excavations in different areas of the city of Gdansk: Old Town, South Granary Island and the so-called Szafarnia.  The main aim of this presentation is to show how English tobacco pipes and pottery appeared in the market of Gdansk and...

  • Exotic consumption: the character and changes in significance of Chinese porcelain used in 18th-century Copenhagen. (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Rikke Søndergaard Kristensen.

    The Danish Asiatic Company was founded in Copenhagen in 1732. Direct trade with China was now possible and Copenhageners gained easier access to exotic goods. The Copenhageners could now see themselves as part of a globalized network of metropoles.  In their daily life, Copenhageners were able to express familiarity with other cultures and thus express a new kind of knowledge and status. How broadly did this fascination with exotic cultures extend within the population? New investigations...

  • Frontier Access in East Tennessee: A Ceramic Analysis of Ramsey House (40KN120), Bell Site (40KN202), and Exchange Place (40SL22) (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Abby J. Naunheimer.

    Three frontier-era East Tennessee homesteads were chosen to conduct ceramic analyses as a beginning point of understanding consumer access. Ramsey House, Bell Site, and Exchange Place were each occupied beginning in the late 18th century and continued into the first quarter of the 19th century.  The results of examining household ceramics, newspaper advertisements, and day book transactions suggest frontier-era East Tennessee residents were unfairly portrayed as disconnected, non-consumers. The...

  • Pottery and Identity: Elites in Puerto Rico (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Charles Cheek.

    Late nineteenth century Puerto Rico was a Spanish colony whose economy depended on export crops like sugar and coffee. The elite were often Spaniards and ties to Spain were close because this helped the elite to maintain their control over the labor force. They imitated Spanish elite cultural behavior such as the promotion of thermal baths for improving health. This paper explores the social and economic context for an elite domestic assemblage from a large landowner household that established...

  • Slave Quarters, Stand, or Trash Dump? Determining Site Function at the Food Plot Site.  (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Jessica Gisler.

    The Food Plot Site is located on the Tombigbee National Forest in Mississippi. It was discovered in a 2006 survey. Initially, only whiteware and amethyst glass were found at the site and it was determined to be ineligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The site was revisited in 2008,  shortly after it had been plowed. During this visit hundreds of early English ceramics were discovered. In fact, these were some of the earliest ceramics ever found on the Tombigbee...

  • Understanding Variation in Utilitarian Ceramic Assemblages of the Chesapeake: The Impacts of Local Production (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Lindsay Bloch.

    Utilitarian ceramics made of earthenware and stoneware were important tools in the early American domestic sphere. Milk pans, storage jugs, baking dishes, and other specialized forms made a variety of domestic industries possible. However, the abundance and characteristics of these wares were not consistent through time or across households. In turning analytical focus to this under-investigated class of artifacts, a better understanding of the relationship between domestic and economic life in...