Egyptian Ceramic Crockery

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Ancient Egyptians created a variety of handmade ceramic art for a variety of functions. The Ancient potters are known for their amphoras, or vases, and pithos, or large storage containers used for shipping and storage. Later on their art became more decorated for both aesthetic purposes and as and expression of religious symbols and history. The addition to art by Egyptian Ceramicists is substantial. The pithos were used to keep meats and provisions cool, an ancient form of the refrigerator. These huge cellars, which have been found in sizes over six feet in diameter, were buried like storage cellar to keep supplies. Because of their function base, these pieces were unglazed. The Egyptian pithos show the function base of Egyptian ceramics. As time passed, the Egyptians religion entered their artwork along with extreme detail and expression. Symbolic images and deities became popular on Nile or marl clay pieces. The human body is portrayed differently than many other cultures, with depictions of pharaohs with distinctly feminine qualities, such as large hips, prominent breasts, and a larger stomach and thighs. Egyptians carved many small pieces such as amulets, idols, and animals. They were known for permanent green and blue enamels. These aspects make the religious art of ancient Egyptians more interesting to modern viewers like me. The Egyptians thousands of years ago have contributed to modern ceramics. They are celebrated for their turquoise blue enamels which have yet to be surpassed. Another accreditation to the Egyptian potters in the invention of the hand cranked wheel. Egyptian Ceramicists have much to be proud of. I enjoyed viewed Egyptian art because of its simplicity and beauty. This project was a learning stretch because I had to look away from home to new things. It was also challenging to theme all of my pieces to matching dinnerware.
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