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Origins of Ceramics- Deutsches Museum

Lana and I toured the Deutsches Museum in Munich last year and their exhibits of ceramics was amazing. History buffs would love it and the actual historic and current uses of ceramic material was covered. We who make ceramic jewelry pieces are a part of that story.

"Storage and transport vessels from Antiquity and other ancient sources in the entrance area of the exhibition
Ceramics have existed for about 10,000 years, and are thus the oldest artificial materials invented by humans. The first ceramic vessels were used by people for storing and cooking food. The raw material for producing them was clay, which could be found practically everywhere. Consequently, ceramics were known very early in almost every part of the world.
The fact that it can be shaped easily made it an ideal material for producing vessels and dishes. It was later discovered that more durable and dense ceramic objects could be made by the process of firing. This opened up new applications." see: http://www.deutsches-museum.de
http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/exhibitions/materials-production/ceramics/history/

The exhibition traces key milestones on the way to the ceramic manufacturing processes used today:  the invention of the potter's wheel (mid-4th millennium B.C.), stoneware (also in the mid-4th millennium B.C.) and porcelain (7th century A.D. in China). In addition to vessels, clay was used to produce bricks, pipes and tiles.

photo: Joan Tucker
photo: Joan Tucker
Photo: Joan Tucker
 
Photo: Joan Tucker
Photo: Joan Tucker
Photo: Joan Tucker

1 comment:

  1. I love to see these very old pieces of ceramic work. I think it is amazing to see how man working with earth and fire has produced such wonderful things functional and not. I think everything has a purpose when made by the hand of man. A little bit of the artist goes with each piece and stays there over the centuries. Magical...

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