Although I wish we could glaze the pottery we make because it could bring out the design we created. Bring our creation more to life because it looks different after firing then it would look during the firing. I also learned history of pottery types and by region. The one most interesting to me would be Europe style. They shaped there pottery based on new cultural influences, but also new technology.
By the middle Neolithic (3500-3000), the bowls and pots became more elaborately decorated although the methods did not change dramatically. By the late Neolithic (3000-2000) pots and bowls became more advanced and the idea of a flat bottom was initiated. The decorations again became more detailed and is said that the patterns developed an artistic touch. They also started mixing the clay with the crushed remains of other pots which made for a smoother surface. These remains were called ‘grog’.
Porcelain Dolls were in popular existence in the early 19th century. Before this time the dolls were made of carved wood or papier mache. The benefits of making the dolls out of porcelain, a type of clay, are that they were able to be a pale colour which is more realistic to the colour of human skin. They were also very easy to paint. Porcelain dolls are still available to buy today.
One method of defining a character on the pottery was to change the color of the skin. Typically males would have black skin and females would have white. Another normality that all figures had was the shape of their eyes, women would have almond shaped eyes while men tended to have a more rounded eye shape. Hair and body language could be used to identify the age of the person; Young men would have no facial hair while older men would have a thick beard. Elderly men and women would both have white hair, the older men would be shown stooping or slouching and the older women would be painted with a fuller figure.
During the Mesopotamia period, people learnt to record events and important message on solid objects such as walls, clay tablets, and etc. the tool that was used were made out of reed stylus which consisted of wedge-shaped marks. Cuneiform had first evaluated from pictographs- which is, pictures of the objects being described. Over time of changing and simplifying, the form of writing had become more abstract which evolved into ideograms. The scribe slowly increased its flexibility by having symbols that represents various sounds and verbs not just only nouns or objects.
Prehistoric and Mesopotamian Civilizations (The Arrival) The time travel back to the Bronze Age was a success. First glance I didn’t see anything that would fascinate a position in my book, but as I examined the area I came across one of the earlier known writing systems: Cuneiform Script. Knowing that the Sumerians used pictographs for translation they used clay tablets and a blunt reed or in our time a stylus. This stylus was a wedge shaped object which helped give the impressions in the tablet. Also, this gave the name cuneiform "wedge shaped", which derived from the Latin cuneus "wedge".
Charles II as well as James wore traditional clothing from the prior century and yielded little desire to alter the clothing styles for the new century. However, given enough time and influence from the French and Italians the English culture became more stylish wearing colorful printed fabrics and stylish head pieces which frequently consisted of wigs. In order to keep up with their mother-country Americans copied the English way of dress. Hair was hard to style during these times, so most people simply wore wigs. The wig consisted mainly of real human hair or horse hair.
For that purpose early technology soon finds another material which is cheap, widely available and (by comparison with stone) relatively light. This material is clay. Not all societies have developed the useful craft of pottery. Nomads tend not to be potters. The technical demands of pottery do not fit well with life on the move, and pots are too fragile for a nomadic existence.
Many of the corpses' hair is intact, and the colours range in colour from blonde and red to deep brown, it was typically long, curly and plaited. The hair colour may have been altered by salt. Anthropologists revealed that the textiles found accompanying the mummies were woven with a sophisticated loom, and that this was the farthest east the weaving technique had been known to be practiced. The arid climate of the Taklamakan desert dried out the bodies prior to decomposition, and the high concentration of salt in the soil composition aided in the drying process, leeching moisture from the bodies. Bottomless coffins enabled good air circulation, helping the body to dry out.
This hand-sculpting, so seemingly simple, yet profoundly difficult to do well, is thought to impart the feeling of the potter directly to the tea-drinker's hand. ("History of Raku" n.d.) I found a blog post talking about the feel of these types of handmade pieces. The blogger states, “Tebineri pieces feel amazing in hand, and due to the pinch work nature, they tend to be a bit more unique and different than typical handmade pottery pieces. I know all