Potsherd: Atlas of Roman Pottery

South-east England glazed ware

Flasks, beakers and bowls in a green-glazed grey ware, decorated with white barbotine, distributed in southern England during the 2nd century AD.

Fabric and technology

Hard fine fabric; usually grey but occasionally with red-brown margins; silty matrix, slightly micaceous, with occasional iron-rich pellets and mica; surfaces covered with translucent dark green glaze (e.g. 5YR 4/2-4) which may be over white clay barbotine decoration (which appears light-green or yellow through glaze). Wheel-thrown.


Arthur (1978) identifies 5 principal forms:

Form Description Prototype
1 Pear-shaped flask
2 Globular beaker with angular shoulder
3 Globular beaker with everted rim
5 Cylindrical bowl (Drag. 30)
7 Hemispherical bowl (Drag. 37)

Table 1.  Classification of South-east English glazed ware forms (after

Arthur)" The imitation samian forms are the most common. Decorative motifs include rows of barbotine circles, lattice, lozenges, dots and vertical lines or hairpins.


Principally AD 70-120.


The large quantities of the ware at Staines suggest one source (see RCHM gazetteer F487 for details).


Principally the London basin and surrounding counties, with outliers in western Britain.


Chelmsford fabric 10. Lullingstone fabric 1. Milton Keynes fabric 13a. Kent fine fabric 22.


Arthur 1978, 298-311.


Arthur 1978. Arthur, P. R., ‘The lead-glazed wares of Roman Britain’ in Early Fine wares in Roman Britain, ed. G. D. Marsh and P. R. Arthur, British archaeological reports. British series, 57, BAR, Oxford, (1978), pp. 293-356.

Distribution of South-east England glazed ware in Britain
Roman Pottery in Britain (Tyers 1996)
  • Fabric code: SEGL (p.178)
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National Roman Fabric Reference Collection
(Dore & Tomber 1998, Museum of London Archaeology Service Monograph 2)
  • Fabric code: SOB GL (Southern British Glazed ware, p.213).
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South-east England glazed ware
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