Coarse border ware
(1270 - 1500)
Coarse Border ware is the term used for pottery made in the Surrey whiteware tradition at a number of production sites along the borders between west Surrey and east Hampshire. It is noticeably coarser than other medieval whitewares found in London where it was the chief source of heavy-duty storage, cooking and serving vessels used between c 1350 and 1500 and the commonest kind of pottery found throughout the capital. Sherds of Coarse Border ware first occur in archaeological contexts during the second half of the 13th century, and it went out of production at the end of the 15th century.
The fabric of Coarse Border ware is usually either pale beige or buff in colour, and is hard, with a rough feel and irregular, coarse texture. It is characterised by abundant, ill-sorted quartz inclusions, both rounded and sub-angular, commonly iron-stained or rose-coloured, with moderate colourless quartz. As with other Surrey whitewares, the Reading Beds appear to have been the main source of clay used. All vessels are wheelthrown, except for slab-built forms such as dripping dishes. Glaze varies from thick and glossy to thin and pitted and ranges in colour from dark to light green.
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