Welcome to the Bill Crumbleholme Pottery Web Pages
Last revised: 21st November 2018

The Pottery Studio is located opposite Bill's home at
40 Elwell St, Upwey, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 5QF United Kingdom
Home phone number 01305 812030
Electronic mail address :-

Bill started making pottery at school and after twenty-ish years practicing in his spare time turned full-time at the end of the 20th Century!


Bill is a founder member of the Upwey Potters, follow this link to see all about them and their pots
Many of Bill's activities are run under the Upwey Potters umbrella. 
Bill runs pottery - follow the links in the Upwey Potters website for information.
Bill's ceramic creative manifestations take various guises.
Woden 2nd Firing

This is "Woden", the wood fired kiln that Bill has built. This shows the second firing, after the door bricks have been removed.

To see the archive about this kiln being built and the firings, visit this page link.


Raku fired ware is one of his best seller ranges, like the globe shown above. For more images and information follow this link Raku Pottery.
His roots are in domestic stoneware pottery, specialising in bowls like the one shown here.
See more of the same at this link

With Fil Cooke, a fellow Upwey Potter, Bill has developed a range of Soda fired pottery. This is fired in a kiln they have constructed, featured in an article in Ceramic Review January 2004.
Follow this link to learn more about the soda process.

Bill's soda pots have been a range of beakers like the one shown here.



As seen on Channel 4 TV's TimeTeam - Bill was lurking about pretending to be an ancient potter when they filmed locally in 1999.

In the last few years he has been researching the local Celtic Iron Age technique known as Black Burnished Ware. Bill is making reproduction pieces in collaboration with the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester, and the Bestwalls archeological excavations at Wareham, where Bill rebuilt an actual Roman kiln in July 2003. The reports of the Bestwall Quarry dig have been published and are available for saler at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester (where Bill's pots are also for sale). Follow this link to see more.

Most recently Bill has also been researching "The Beaker Folk", making and firing Bronze Age pottery, he has even set up a new domain at

Bill has also been working with other creative people and organisations that work in the Heritage Industry, they have set up the Ancient Wessex Network, which has a website at www.ancientwessex.net

Bill works with Universities and Museums carrying out "Experimental Archaeology" - making and firing pottery in authentic ways and testing techniques to see if he can recreate the ancient pottery.

Examples of these are archived on the Beakerfolk website - for instance a simple turf kiln made at Down Farm.

Turf Kiln at Down Farm

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