Details These stunningly decorative and functional jars, would have been wheel thrown in workshops throughout Roman Britain for use in Roman kitchens to store food. Thick slip is then applied to the surface to create the decorative zigzag, a simple but, when done well, very attractive form of decorative finish.
The distinctive and beautiful grey surface is caused by the firing technique, which involves starving the kiln of oxygen during the final stages of firing. It is a very modern looking piece with a long history.
Reduction fired terracotta
Approx. 200 mm tall, 180 mm diameter
This replica Roman pot has been hand made in Northumberland by Potted History, based on an original artefact. It has been fired to emulate the authentic Roman firing conditions, to a temperature of between 800°C & 1000°C, as the original potters would have done nearly two thousand years ago. This process often results in variations of the surface colour and texture, as is found with original Roman Pottery and giving each pot it's unique character.
Health and Safety
This is a Museum Quality Replica made using the tools and techniques that would have been used during the Roman era. As this is an unglazed pot with a porous surface it will absorb some of the flavours of the food being stored, which does add to the flavour of future dishes. However, it does also mean that this pot does not meet modern Health and Safety standards and therefore we do not advise that it is used for storing food. When the Romans used these storage jars they would rely on applying sufficient heat to the cooking pot and their contents to ensure that all bacteria was killed. Heating to over 70°C for at least 10 minutes would have killed most disease causing bacteria and temperatures of 100°C would do even more.
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