This workshop was so much fun! I drove down to Bucknell University in Lewisburg Pennsylvania. I was invited by Dr. Stephanie Larson. She and Dr. Kevin Daly from the Classics Department will be taking their students to Greece for a field school excavation at Ancient Thebes on the Ismenion Hill. The main feature of this hill is the Temple to Apollo, but the area was a significant place of use throughout ancient and medieval times.
I introduced the students, and some of the faculty, to the basics of pottery illustration. We learned about stancing, diameters and measuring techniques. Overall I had 20 participants and fours hours of fun. Everyone was able to draw several sherds from my selection of broken pots. We also had some examples of ancient glass and other artifacts belonging to the department that we were able handle and discuss.
The campus at Bucknell is a gorgeous mixture of old buildings green space and some newer constructions. Lewisburg is a small town with a lot of antiques, beautiful homes and history. Built along the Susquehanna River, the little downtown has several restaurants, pubs, movie theatre, and even a fantastic art store! (I admit to wandering through there a few times!)