English Rush & Willow basket made for Brighton Museum‘s new Archaeology Gallery, opened January 2019.
Neolithic-style pots, made from hand-dug Sussex clay using the same tools and techniques as those used back in the day. Based on actual archaeological finds at Whitehawk Camp, Brighton.
Brighton & Hove Museum Education Collection.
Wall basket made from foraged hazel, wild honeysuckle and bramble. Hemp twine knot-less netting. Height approx 40cm.
Coiled grass basket stitched with hemp twine. Diameter 17cm.
Commissioned by someone whose great grandfather was a shepherd on the Sussex hills from where this grass was foraged.
Willow bark penknife holder. Stitched with willow bark, bark-tanned leather lid.
Commissioned by an 11yr old boy from his own money. He’d been saving up for a big lego thing but decided it would take too long to save enough for that and would rather have the pouch.
Bread platters, handled. Coiled wheat straw. Diameter 55cm.
Wowo camp site, East Sussex. Used for serving artisan bread as part of the Saturday night supper which they serve to all their campers.
Neolithic-style cooking/dyeing pots. Raw Sussex clay, clamp-kiln fired and each hand built using a single lump of clay, no additions or joins. Diameter 35cm and 25cm.
East Sussex Archaeology and Museums Partnership, experimental archaeology collection.
Rush quiver for storing Mesolithic-style flint-tipped arrows. Half-sennit shoulder strap and hinged lid.
East Sussex Archaeology and Museums Partnership.
Rush laundry basket.
Cooking pots based on 13th century find at Pevensey, East Sussex. Raw Sussex clay, clamp-kiln fired.
East Sussex Archaeology and Museums Partnership, education collection.
Coiled grass baskets, stitched with hemp twine. Diameter 18cm.
St Peter’s Church, Firle, East Sussex, for use as church collection bowls. Commissioned by the Revd. Peter Owen-Jones.
Iron Age-style loom weights, based on chalk finds at Mount Caburn hill fort, East Sussex. Raw Sussex clay, clamp-kiln fired; used as part of a warp-weighted loom.
East Sussex Archaeology and Museums Partnership, education and interpretation unit collection.
The above loom weights in use on a warp-weighted loom at a public Ancient Crafts Festival, Michelham Priory.