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
The making of the vessel
The manufacturing processes were complex and each stage presented a design choice. Vessels thrown on a wheel have the potential to be more symmetrical than if handmade. Handles and spouts often reflect the personal technique of an individual potter. Following its abandonment at the end of the Roman period, the potter's wheel was reintroduced from the eighth century onwards enabling the potters to meet the needs of the growing urban communities. As late as the nineteenth century, however, some country potters continued to build their pots by hand. A rounded wheel-thrown jar or waster
A rounded wheel-thrown jar or waster (an overfired vessel) from a kiln excavated at Brill, in Buckinghamshire
Why did they adapt the clay? Fingerprints ... Decorative techniques
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