three sherds of an earthenware pipkin
Verwood pipkin sherds
  • Material – Earthenware
  • Place of Origin – England
  • Date – 17th century
  • Location – Collections

Verwood is a type of lead-glazed earthenware, made since the early 1600s in as many as three dozen pottery centers mainly in east Dorset but also in west Hampshire, England. Utilitarian earthenware vessels of many forms were widely marketed to Salisbury, towns along the southern coast of southwest England, west Hampshire, and southern Wiltshire. A tripod pipkin manufactured of this early fort period ceramic ware was recovered from Structure 165, the Factory.    


Fabric: The pinkish-buff fabric of the Verwood pipkin from James Fort is quartz-tempered and contains hematite.

Glaze: The pipkin is glazed only on the interior with a colorless lead glaze that appears amber to olive with reddish-brown streaks caused by hematite in the fabric. 

Form: Fragments of a Verwood pipkin base, body with handle, and rim were recovered. The vessel was wheel-thrown, and the handle and feet were applied.


Carter, D., Cheetham, P., Brisbane, M., and Pitman, D. (2017) Potting on the Heath: In search of the medieval and early post-medieval east Dorset and west Hampshire pottery industry. Paper presented at the Hampshire Field Club Inaugural Postgraduate Research Conference, Winchester, UK.