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Early pottery manufacturing in Sydney, Australia, 1801-1830

Author(s): Mary Casey

Year: 2013

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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 of his kiln wasters has provided clear evidence for the type of decorated pottery he made, as well as the more common utilitarian vessels.  He used the decorative styles and techniques of traditional and factory-made slipwares but due to the nature of local materials and supplies they were transformed into quite a different product.  This paper examines these influences, and how and why Ball transformed them in his locally-manufactured pottery designs. 

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Early pottery manufacturing in Sydney, Australia, 1801-1830. Mary Casey. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428244)


decorated Pottery Sydney

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min long: 112.952; min lat: -43.648 ; max long: 153.606; max lat: -10.71 ;

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PaperId(s): 701

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America