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greek oil lamps

updated sun 18 feb 01


Beverly Crist on sat 17 feb 01

Feri - I have the book "Athenian Vase Construction, A Potter's Analysis", by
Toby Schreiber, published by the J. Paul Getty Museum. The chapter on "Greek
Gloss and Firing" describes how the ancient greeks made a terra cotta terra
sig. which was burnished and then fired in a wood burning kiln. Reduction at
the end of the firing turned the terra sig. black. I would bet that this type
of pottery was always a little porous. You might want to look for this book
in Austrailia, just for inspiration if nothing else. The photography and
research are excellent.

Best of Luck,
Beverly Crist, Los Angeles