Pottery

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Pottery refers to objects made from fired clay.

Drinking vessels and jugs were primarily made of these materials and would have been some of the most common items on the European medieval table. In later times, imported ware from China and Islamic countries would inspire the immensely popular maiolica ware of the Italian Renaissance.

Ceramic tableware is less common in the SCA than metal or wood pieces, as they are harder to find in appropriate styles and many people (incorrectly) fear that ceramic dishes are too fragile (thinking that they will always break when dropped on a hard surface). However, in the West Kingdom, the West Kingdom Potters Guild has formed to demonstrate to the populace that historically accurate styles are possible and practical (much easier to clean than wood, for example).

Pottery Styles

Works by SCA Potters

A stoneware cookpot done in the late period English style by Lady Zahra bint Talib. This pot is very sturdy, can be used for cooking by placing directly onto a fire or hot coals, and is easily washed.