Argil - (Ceramics) Clay Glossary of Antique Terms

Argil - (Ceramics) Clay, especially potter's clay.


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History of potter's clay begun with the invention of the potter’s wheel in Mesopotamia, around 6000–4000 BC, potters began to see the need for production - especially of more utilitarian wares such as storage jars for oil, water, wine, and grain, as well as bowls, cups, and mugs for eating and drinking usage. Initially the wheel was a large, heavy stone, which was placed on a pivot and then spun by means of kicking, or pushing with the feet while in a sitting position. While the stone was building up momentum, the hands were shaping, or throwing the pot on top of it.

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