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Pots, Brooms & Hurdles from The Heathlands

Jo Draper

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Pots, Brooms, Hurdles, Thatching Spars, Sheep Cribs and even Hay Rakes were made in the Heathlands of East Dorset, using the natural resources of both the heathlands and adjacent coppiced woodlands. This book explores the whole network of these lost trades; the landscape which supported them; and the life of local people.

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availableJo Draper has worked in museums and as an archaeologist, and has written sixteen books and more than seventy articles. She started working on archaeology excavated over thirty years ago and has published many pottery reports. She is the author of Post-Medieval Pottery (Shire Publications) and several books on Dorset.

Dorset Country Pottery

Jo Draper and Penny Copland-Griffiths

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Dorset Country Pottery traces the history of the industry, people and pots of the Verwood kilns, which were still firing using traditional methods until the end in 1952. Now, much sought after by collectors, their distinctive pieces are admired for their classic lines, rich glazes and rustic beauty, as well as for their place in the history of Dorset and ceramics.

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availablePenny Copland-Griffiths has been researching the Verwood area and its pottery industry for over thirty years, and is the author of Dorset Pottery (Dovecote Press). She is also the founder of The Verwood & District Potteries Trust, in 1985.