A selection of ceramics through the ages (5 second delay) Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology The Collections:
PotWeb: Ceramics online
@ the Ashmolean Museum
Early Europe & Near East
Classical to Medieval
Europe from 1500
Oriental & Islamic
Fingerprints of the maker
Why did they adapt the clay?
Earthenware clays are also secondary clays, and are many and various. Earthenware clay is the most common clay type used in the pottery recovered from archaeological excavations from the Neolithic to the late medieval period. The potter would choose the best clays and adapt them for the task ahead. Some vessels needed to be fireproof, others non-porous. Inclusions were added to "open" the clay or to improve the firing of a vessel. Clay diggings on Brill Common
Clay diggings on Brill Common in Buckinghamshire have changed the landscape
What did
they need?
Fingerprints ... The making of
the vessel
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