Pottery is one of the oldest crafts. It has been in existence way back in 400BC, where our ancestors used clay to make pots, plates etc. These pots were used in fetching and storing water, alcohol.
The process of making these pots was tedious due to the numerous steps taken to achieve the end product.
What Is Pottery?
Pottery is the art of making pots, plates, jars or cups from clay, fired or baked in an oven to give it a hardened surface.
There are different types of pottery such as porcelain, earthenware, stoneware.
How Pottery Was Made
Our ancestors used clay and water to form the pots and plates they used. From sourcing of clay to kneading (the process of massaging the clay with your hands), then cutting to give it a desired shape and size to heating the product in fire to give it a solid shape.
All these were done by hand and this reduced the amount of product made at once limited.
This takes us to the first potters wheel made in Mesopotamia. These wheels were turned manually by the potter with the potter kicking their feet to set it in action.
The use of hands to shape the clay was abandoned and these brought about new ideas and design of the products made from clay.
Modern Day Pottery
After the invention of the potter’ s wheel in 6000BC, it took a lot of years before the first mechanical wheel was made in the 19th century.
Pottery was taken to a new level due to this invention. Potters could make as many clay products as they wanted.
Lots of these tools used in pottering making evolved. From the use of potters wheel mechanical wheel and even the fire where these products were heated has changed from gas to electric. Some industries make use of machines to reduce man power.