Pot Idol: the finalJuly 3, 2012 About my museum job, Archaeology, Blogs, LAARC, Special events
Yes, it’s the moment we have all been waiting for…the final of Pot Idol 2012. The six finalists have one last chance to win your hearts and then it is over to you to pick your favourite ceramic star. The champion will not only win the coveted title of Pot Idol, they will also appear at the Museum’s Festival of British Archaeology event, Hand-on pots, on 21 and 22 July.
So here are the contenders one last time…
Will you pick our first contestant, Imbrex, from Lime Street? Imbrex is a fragment of Roman roof tile. Not only would Imbrex have once adorned a public building in Roman London, it also bears an official production stamp.
Do you want to see contestant number two win, Amphora? Amphora is also Roman but is part of a storage vessel. The items stored in these vessels came from the far reaches of the Roman empire and contained Roman favourites like fish sauce. The pointy shape made it easy to store on a boat.
Is it contestant number three from Covent Garden that has won your heart, Loomweight? Loomweight is from Saxon London and was once used on a warp-weighted weaving loom. This shapely ceramic shows that there was a thriving textile industry in the area.
Is contestant number four, Cooking Pot, a clear winner for you? Another curvaceous contender, Cooking Pot has a rounded bottom making it easier to place on a fire. Complete Medieval cooking pots are hard to come by. We have all experienced an accident or two in the kitchen.
Contestant number five is a looker, Drug Jar but is it a winner? Not only is Drug Jar decorative it is also very functional. Once containing medicines, ointments or cosmetics this jar would have either been reused or sold back to the apothecary from which it came.
Or will it be contestant number six that is crowned Pot Idol, Money Box? Money Box would have once been used in a Shakespearean playhouse to collect money from theatre goers. Furthermore, Money Box lends its name to the modern term box office.
Now it’s over to you. Pick your favourite ceramic and help them get one step closer to winning Pot Idol 2012.
Please cast your vote here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y3D32B6.
The winner will be announced on 17 July and make its debut appearance at Hand-on pots on 21 and 22 July.