History of Pottery Making

The pottery history of old time pottery dates back centuries before, when the civilization took place from the primitive ages. The word "pottery" includes everything made of clay, ceramics, porcelain and even metals into shapes and designs according to the ultimate usage they are put to. Basically it all started with the earthen wares made of raw clay, mud mixed with water to make it soft.

Pottery Making

The process of making pottery, whether it is hand made or machine-made involves many stages. For making hand-made earthen wares the clay mixed with water and sand in the right proportion (with other colorants or additives if needed on the final product) as a ball and put on the rotating wheel with the help of a wooden or plastic disk.

The wheel starts rotating and the potter carefully forms the pottery with skill by raising, pulling and expanding the clay to the desired levels, simultaneously shearing and wiping the excess of clay from the mass - these operations are known as jiggering and jollying. In the machine made pottery process, the techniques of rotary shaping, RAM pressing, granulate pressing, slip casting are used for both earthen wares and ceramic wares.

After drying in the sun, the moisture content of the clay gets evaporated and the wares (called green-wares at this stage) become sturdy somewhat. Then they are to be fired into bonfires of high degrees of heat, to make them less vulnerable for breakage. Thus they get the quality of withstanding penetration of any liquids including water.

The art of making pottery started and still continues to be hand-made, especially earthen wares of clay like pots, mugs, plates and terracotta items. The maker of these potteries is called "potter" and potters have a high degree of control over the size and design of the potteries only when they are hand-made by them.

The short-coming of this method, even after advancement and introduction of allied tools like the rotating wheel, paddles, anvils or ribs and firing equipments like kilns of assorted sizes, is it does not enable mass production. Thus the automation of pottery techniques and pottery making has vastly enlarged the scope of pottery supplies from stores to the millions.

As for potteries made of ceramic and porcelain Japan, China and Czech Republic are the countries of origin dating back thousands of years BC. In the later centuries, Italian pottery and Mexican pottery of ceramic and porcelain earned all round appreciation for their artistic finishing.

Pottery Barn Kids

Totally not connected with potteries, a supply chain of stores selling furniture especially for the kids and babies has become popular in U.S.A, and Canada. Founded in the year 1949 this Company supplies age-specific furniture for teens as well as kids - boys and girls separately in the same Stores

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