Red and Black Figured Pottery

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Black and red figured technique pottery was used in the beginning of the 600 B.C. to end of 400 B.C. This technique was used in Athens to decorate fine pottery, and other pots used for daily purposes. The red-figure technique was invented around 530 B.C. by the potter Andokides. It gradually replaced the black-figure technique as people recognized the possibilities that came with drawing forms, rather than carving. The use of a brush in red-figure technique was better suited to the representation of anatomy, garments, and emotions on the jars and pots. In black-figure vase painting, pots and jars were applied with a slip that turned black during firing, while the background was left the color of the clay. The technique of the red-figure vase painting was the opposite. Red-figure vases remained the color of the clay and the background, filled in with a slip, turned black. When making the pot, the potter first shapes the vessel on a wheel. Most sizeable pots were made in parts. For example, the neck and body were done separately from the foot, which was often added later. When the parts have dried, the potter glues them together using slip. The last part the potter adds is the handles. Painted vases were often made in specific shapes for specific daily uses. For example, some jars were used for storing and transporting wine and drawing water. Smaller pots were used for drinking wine or water. Vases could also be used for special, ritual occasions, such as carrying water for the bridal bath. Personally, I enjoy this era the most for the decoration of the jars that the Greeks used. The decorations remind me of the movie Hercules. I love the mystic images on the pots that Greeks used to express their feelings and the stories they tell through their creations. I prefer the black-figured technique because I can see the setting of the background clearer on the

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