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Roman Bowl from Clay, Terra Sigillata
This bowl has been produced in long and complex procedures of handcraft
in Germany and now shows an enjoyable contrast to many of the imported
and machine-made products on the market. The quality, the accuracy and
the pleasure of manufacturing in traditional kind and in copying true
to original, are visible and convincing.
Clay from the German region Rheinzabern with the aid of slip builds the
rough material for this high-class product. The clay is prepared in old
Roman style without the use of filter-presses. After the preparation the
clay is thrown on the potter’s wheel or is turned in form bowls.
At the status of being leathery the pieces are decorated in a typical way.
Height: approx. 6 cm
Weight: approx. 200 g
Circumference widest part: approx. 44 cm
Terra Sigillata hasn’t been used as everyday’s tableware but only for
special occasions.Only a few shapes like bowls, plates, cups as well as
beakers and jars were used as eating- and drinking-tableware.
Terra Sigillata (sealed earth/ clay bearing little images) is high-class
tableware with a red, silk- shimmering surface. Behind silver and bronze
this fine pottery was the most representative crockery. At the times of
the Roman Empire the yearly production expanded to more than one million
exemplars,which were exported to Germania libera, Britannia and even to
the Black Sea.
Archaeologists get valuable knowledge about the opulence of forms and
decorations of the crockery and about the names of the potters, who sometimes
stamped their works, out of jars that couldn’t stand the quality check and were
thrown into the rubbish pits.
These items were basically formed without any decoration.
Chip carving Sigillata
The decoration had been cut with different cutting tools into the surface.
Sigillata with Barboutine-Paintings
Slip decoration was painted onto the leather-hard clay body surface with a
Relief-Sigillaten were rotated in biscuit-fired, porous form bowls, which were
fixed on the potter’s wheel.
These jars (e.g. the rasp bowls) vary from the Sigillata-ware. More course-grained
clay is used and the jars are burnt without glazed slip.