In 2017, I plan to build a reconstruction of a kiln that PARP:PS excavated in Pompeii in 2012. This round updraft kiln was relatively small, and was known to have fired a variety of wares, including small cup forms called olla and tiny votives. Some raw, unfired clay was also uncovered from an associated deposit, which provides a unique opportunity to look into the components of the claybody and recreate that, too, along with the kiln. In order to develop an algorithm of ancient fuel consumption, I aim to construct this kiln at an arts center in Pennsylvania, and fill it with wares that match the fabric and the form of the ancient vessels that would have been fired in the kiln more than 2,000 years ago.
This project is considered an exercise in experimental archaeology, where conditions of the past are re-created in order to gain further insight to process, behavior, or technology. The study of ancient ceramic technology is particularly rich in this field; many projects have been carried out in the past, including the recent Greek Kiln Project developed by Dr. Eleni Hasaki at the University of Arizona.
I look forward to engaging and involving the ceramics community and beyond in this long-term research project, and I'll be posting updates on this website as the project develops.
TECHNICAL ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN
Over the years, I've worked for a few different archaeological projects as a technical illustrator. From pen-and-ink artifact illustrations intended for publication to overseeing the production of hundreds of pottery profiles and digitizing in the field, I love creating imagery that can bring the field just a little bit closer to the viewer, the scholar, or the researcher.
Technical illustration samples for the Tell Jemmeh Publication Project(Smithsonian Institution) and the University of Cincinnati’s Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia (2004 – 2005)
Figures 1 and 2: Wheelthrown and altered artifacts from Tell Jemmeh – spout made to look like an antelope, and votive made to look like a woman’s body (both roughly 3rd century BCE). Figure 3: Ceramic press-molded votive from Pompeii’s Porta Stabia (ca. 1st century BCE); Figures 4 – 7, small ceramic animal figurine remnants from Tell Jemmeh (3rd century BCE).
The Dolia of Regio I, Insula 22
This informational poster, created with Caroline Cheung, was presented at the 2017 AIA/SCS Joint Annual Meeting in Toronto, where it took top prize. For this image, Caroline and I aimed to show how archaeologists can identify different features of production and types of repairs as found on dolia, or large storage vessels. For more information about the Archaeological Institute of America, please visit their website here.