This is the home page for www.beakerfolk.co.uk

These webpages are devoted to the pottery of Bill Crumbleholme, which is largely inspired by the Bronze Age Beaker Folk and other prehistoric pottery styles.

Visit the pottery section to see what Bill is currently producing.

Bill runs pottery workshops, visit this page for details of his and other creative workshops.

Follow this link to see this events page, where details of some of the forthcoming events can be seen, including workshops.

There is a new page being set up that features images of Bill's studio at home, after being set up for the Artwey Art Trail (see next paragraph)

From 11am to 6pm from 6th until 21st September 2014 (closed Mondays), Bill is opening his studio at home for the public to visit. This is part of the Artwey Art Trail in Weymouth & Portland, more details of which can be seen at this link.

Extract from Artwey Art Trail Map

This is the first time "The Old Slaughterhouse" has been thrown open to public inspection, it ties in with Bill's 60th birthday celebrations and so the display will be a retrospective of at least 40 years of pot making.
There will be some rare old pots dusted off and put out for sale, alongside his more modern output, which is mainly inspired by ancient pottery.
Bill will be demonstrating his methods and talking to visitors about his motivations and if they ask nicely letting them have a go.

Wick Barrow Beaker replica

Bill has a passion for ancient pottery, he undertakes experimental archaeology and explorations into Bronze Age techniques.

Clamp firing at Down Farm

A clamp firing experiment at Martin Green's Farm by Bill, more can be seen at this link.

Another project commissioned was to produce sets of beaker replicas for Somerset County Council Museum service. They are copies of the 3 beakers found at Hincley Point in the Wick Barrow. An additional commission is currently being worked on to produce some Neolithic style bowls for the client, there is a page about this project at this link.

Neolithic bowl replicas with maggot decoration

Hot Raku Pots

Bill also conducts Raku firing, more can be seen at this link.

Bonfire smoked pots

These are a batch of vessels that were smoke fired in a Nov 5th bonfire, plus some pieces inspired by neolithic jadeite axe heads, more can be seen on the archive page at this link.

Bill is a potter living and working in Dorset on the south coast of England.

These pages provide a taster for some of Bill's pottery activities, such as workshops, with links into the archive pages dealing with particular events, such as projects or firings.

 

 

Wood fired Beaker

This is a wood fired beaker, with decoration applied with a comb. Details of the firing are at this link.

This is a YouTube video of Bill throwing a collared urn, it has been speeded up to last a minute, instead of 15!

 

Collared Urn

This collared urn was made as part of Bill's recent project which was a commission to produce a range of replica pots for the new Visitor Centre at Hengistbury Head. Details can be found at this link.

Wood Fired Eathenware Pottery

Many of these pots have been made for the Hengistbury project, they were fired in the wood fired kiln that Bill has uses, follow this link to see what he is doing and see an archive of each firing.

Bill made a batch of replicas of the Amesbury Archer beakers and fired them in an open bonfire, there is a page about this project, including a YouTube video at this link.

Urns
A batch of collared urns fired in the wood kiln, decorated by rope impressions, toasted by the flames and ash. Some are hand-built, some thrown. See this link for the story of their firing.

Bill also makes contemporary pottery, but most of that is heavily influenced and inspired by ancient wares. He throws these and fires them either in electric kiln or the wood kiln above.

bowl inspired by neolithic maggot decoration

This is a bowl made using modern technology, but is inspired by the Neolithic bowls with rounded bases and "maggot" decoration.

If you wish to contact Bill please email him :-
bill@beakerfolk.co.uk

Bill has started a Blog! Take a look at his ramblings :-

http://beakerfolk.blogspot.co.uk/

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These webpages were set up originally to promote all aspects of the Bronze Age, but recently that content has been moved to a new site, managed by Bill for the Ancient Wessex Network at this link.