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How was pottery made?

The potter’s wheel enabled us to easily create round ceramic
wares such as pots and gourds. The machine worked by
supplying the potter with a rotating circular platform upon
which, via hand moulding, clay could be shaped as desired. The
rotation was provided by a large kick wheel, which once set in motion
– the potter literally kicked it, hence the name – supplied energy to
a smaller modelling wheel, which sat above on a metal shaft. As the
kick wheel was much bigger than the modelling wheel, it acted as a
fl ywheel, storing rotational energy that could be used to power the
modelling plate, which due to its smaller circumference, span at a
greater speed.
Thanks to its ease of use, the potter’s wheel remained the method of
choice for making pottery for many millennia, eventually evolving to
be driven by a motor.

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