Some of us have been invited to respond to the UCL Petrie Museum's beautifully rich collection of pots - so often overlooked by visitors to the museum. We are all strongly connected to clay, and recognise the importance of the humble pot. Pioneering archaeologist Flinders Petrie's drawings of the pots he unearthed and collected were the key to understanding different time periods of ancient Egypt by painstakingly noting the smallest of details.
His records of pottery styles led to a new method of establishing chronological periods, known as seriation in Egyptology.
The project is in four parts:
Pots and Possibilities exhibition: Our individual responses to the Museum Collection Where: Petrie Museum and Beadles box (opposite Jeremy Bentham's Auto-icon, UCL) When: 6th June 5th July 2014, during opening hours Free
Petrie inspired Pot Making Workshops with locals, culminating in The Great Camden Pot Seriation Installation Where: North Cloisters, UCL When: 20 May -14 June 2014 Free
From Broken Sherd to Pot - Drawing workshops Where: Petrie Museum, Malet Place, UCL When: 12 June 6-8pm Free Booking required Group drawing session using a replica of Petrie’s drawing machine-contraption, an original tool that he used to imagine and piece together complete pots from fragments.
The Festival of Pots: a public open day at UCL to celebrate and explore the Petrie collection of ancient Egyptian clay vessels. Where: Inside and outside the Petrie Museum, Malet Place, UCL. When: Saturday 7 June, 12 - 4pm Free We will be baking ancient egyptian bread, beer and fermented foods in terracotta moulds and pots, smoke firing pots made by locals, and ceremonially smashing the giant pot! Other highlights include the Pot Orchestra and Egyptian Street Food.