Small clay bowl. One of four items made from River Forth clay recovered from a cofferdam during the construction of the Queensferry Crossing.
The donor, David Watt of FCBC writes:
During a visit in late 2012 by local people to the Queensferry Crossing one visitor, Bill Runciman, said he was an amateur potter. At the time Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) were just in the middle of excavating and removing clay/mud/silt from the seabed for the North and South tower foundations. Bill was asked if he could make FCBC some sort of pot if I provided him with a sample of clay and he enthusiastically replied “Yes”. The first lot of clay did not work as it was full of grit and stones and Bill actually cut his hands quite badly when he tried to mould it into something on his potter’s wheel. The second lot proved to be much better.
Bill managed to make four pots (two vases and two bowls) from the clay provided and this bowl is one of them.