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Potters have been forming vessels from clay bodies for millions of years When nomadic man settled down and discovered fire the firing of clay pots was not far behind Pinch pots made from balls of clay into which fingers or thumbs are inserted to make the opening may have been the first pottery Coil pots formed from long coils of clay that are blended together were not far behind These first pots were fired at low temperatures and were thus fragile and porous Ancient potters partially solved this by burnishing the surfaces with a rock or hard wood before firing These low-temperature fired pots were blackened by these fires Decoration was generally the result of incisions or insertions of tools into soft clay Early potters created objects that could be used for practical purposes as well as objects that represented their fertility godsThe civilizations of ancient Egypt and the Middle East utilized clay for building and domestic use as early as 5000BCBy 4000BC the ancient Egyptians were involved in pottery on a much larger scale They utilized finer clays and fired the pieces at much higher temperatures in early kilns that removed the pots from the direct fire so they were not blackened from the fire Bricks from clay were used as building material as well The ancient Chinese produced black pottery by 3500BCwith round bases and plaited decoration Closer to 1000BCthe Chinese used the potters wheel and developed more sophisticated glazes Their pottery was often included in funeral ceremonies In the first millenniumBC the Greeks began throwing pots on wheels and creating exquisite forms Pre-Colombians ancient Iberians the ancient Romans who moulded pottery with raised decoration and the ancient Japanese all created beautiful pottery for domestic use as well as for religious purposesUntil the mid-eighteenth century European potters generally sold small quantities of completed wares at a market or through merchants If they wanted to sell more they took more wares to market However
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