I am giving a lecture next Friday at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City. I will speak at 7 P.M. in the museum auditorium, and their new exhibit of pottery will be open. The exhibit grew out of the Potters of the Gathering show from last year, but is a new show curated by Kirk Henrichsen. They will have several archaeological objects on view from both the Utah Pottery Project and Utah State Parks collections, as well as antiques from the Gary and Jill Thompson Collection and the Church History Museum's own collection.
I will talk about last summer's excavation of the Davenport Family Pottery Shop in Parowan. The museum asked for my abstract and title, and this is what I sent:
Ten Years of The Utah Pottery Project: Archaeological Questions and Answers.
After more than ten years of preparation, Timothy Scarlett led industrial archaeology students last summer to undertake the first major archaeological excavation of a pioneer-era Latter-day Saint pottery shop. In an illustrated lecture, Dr. Scarlett will overview the scholarship of Utah Pottery Project and explain the last summer's discoveries at the site of the Davenport Family Pottery Shop in Parowan, Utah (1855-1888). The results of that excavation and ongoing laboratory research open a fascinating window into challenges and struggles faced by Utah's nineteenth century potters and their families.