P399 | 0391 | Vitelli

701 E. 8th St. (Archaeology Annex)
Text: Prudence M. Rice 1987 Pottery Analysis: A Sourcebook.

This is an archaeologically based studio course in which we make ceramic
objects using only the tools, materials, and techniques that would have
been available to the prehistoric potter. Students dig their own clay,
make any necessary tools (including kilns), and explore the many ways of
working clay to learn what is necessary, easy, difficult, what prehistoric
potters must have known, what their choices were. The studio work is
suuplemented by readings and discussions of archaeological, ethnographic,
and ethnoarchaeological ceramic studies. Students keep, and turn in
periodically, a regular journal of all activities and plan and execute a
final project.

Archaeological background is desireable, but not required. All students
should contact Prof. Vitelli via email ( as soon as
enrolled to receive instructions for digging and preparing clay BEFORE the
weather turns too cold to make the process pleasant.