MAC Lab Collections Technician ErinWingfield helps Sabrina and Marissa plan a strategy for mending a stoneware spittoon.
One of the frustrating things about mending ceramics is that often large portions of the vessels are missing (in some cases because archaeologists usually only dig 50% of a privy pit and thus recover only half of the fragments in the first place). But with this privy feature, it appears that almost all of the fragments are present for at least five vessels. In the photos, you can see that the vessels are being held together with electrical tape before being glued. Using the tape makes it easier to plan the order in which to glue the pieces, as well as making it easier to see where pieces are missing.
Check back in a few weeks to see photos of the mended vessels! Most of them will be highlighted in the exhibit the students will create for this project.
Rebekah and Kody are having great luck mending this stoneware bottle, which once held Dr. Sand’s Sasparilla – an early soft drink!
Teacher Jeff Cunningham wants to help Emily mend this chamberpot, but she has the situation well under control!