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  • Quokkaqueen
    ... It s not much, but... Orton, C Indicators of craft specialisation in medieval ceramics from north-west Russia. In: Brisbane, M, (ed.) The
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      > 1. Is anyone else out there working on this also?
      > 2. Does anyone have any access to pictures of pottery from the Novgorod /
      > Pskov region in period that shows a *green* glaze ?
      > I am looking to create a similar look but need some color pics for
      > referance.
      > 3. Does anyone ( a real long shot here ) , have any chemical composition
      > info on such a glaze?
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      It's not much, but...
      Orton, C Indicators of craft specialisation in medieval ceramics from north-west Russia. In: Brisbane, M, (ed.) The Archaeology of Medieval Novgorod. Oxbow Books: Oxford.
      http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/3357/
      says:

      "An interesting technical aspect is the use of glaze, whether functional (to seal the surface of a pot) or decorative. Evidence from Pskov (Kildyushevskii 2006, 85) shows that glaze was introduced for decorative purposes in the 16th and 17th centuries, linked to the
      introduction of a range of `table ware' forms. The timing is probably similar at Novgorod, but this period has been little studied there. Novgorod, however, shows an earlier attempt to introduce glazing (on the inner surface, and therefore presumably functional), in the form of a small group of late-13th-century glazed wasters from the
      Duboshin site. Although made of local clays (Gaimster 2006, 141), they are similar in style and technique to Baltic ware, and ultimately to the redwares of the Low Countries (ibid.). While this appears to be a failed experiment (in that production did not continue), it is perhaps the best evidence of that date for craft potters who have the resources to attempt to innovate (even if their innovation was not taken up by the consumer). Failed attempts at ceramic innovation are known from other medieval towns, for example from Canterbury (Cotter 1997) and possibly from Exeter (Allan 1984, 27−30) in England. By way of explanation, Gaimster (2006, 141) links this attempt to the proximity of Duboshin to the German and Gotland quarters, where more advanced `western' pottery (stoneware and glazed redwares) was being used by foreign merchants."

      The two references that may help from that, are:

      Gaimster, D.R. 2006. `Pottery imported from the west: reception and resistance' in Orton, C.R. (ed.) The Pottery from Medieval Novgorod and its Region, 135−143. (UCL Press: London.)

      Kildyushevskii, V.I. 2006. `Pskov pottery in the 12th to 16th centuries' in Orton, C.R. (ed.) The Pottery from Medieval Novgorod and its Region, 79−115 (London: UCL Press.)

      It's only one source, it looks like glazes may have been relatively rare?

      Asfridhr
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