A cream (10YR 8/2) clay, occasionally with a very pale pink (2.5YR 7/3) core. Surfaces are covered with a thin, patchy cream (10YR 7/6) to dull orange (7.5YR 7/4) self slip. The fabric is hard with a an irregular fracture and smooth feel.
The matrix is similar to that described above for the colour-coated ware, while the sorting and composition is variable. One sample contains essentially no inclusions apart from red and red-brown iron-rich grains (<0.5mm); a second is coarser with common quartz and iron-rich grains, and some fine gold mica. Sparse grey rock fragments (?stray trituration grits), measuring 1.0–2.0mm, and feldspar are occasionally present. Trituration grits fall between 2.0–4.0mm and comprise common ill-sorted quartz, and sparse grey and red-brown rocks, black argillaceous grains and flint.
Two samples were examined, one of which is virtually identical to that described for colour-coated wares. The second is coarser, containing a somewhat expanded suite of inclusions in greater quantity: quartz (including polycrystalline), flint, quartzite, siltstone and limestone (almost entirely post-depositional) are all present and measure <2.0mm. Trituration grits are primarily quartz, siltstone and sandstone (both ferruginous and siliceous), with less polycrystalline quartz, quartzite and flint, normally measuring c 1.0–3.0mm. Rare large opaques also occur in the same size range as the trituration grits.