Ceramics

The decorative ceramics at Elsie Wolfe Wondrous Antiques are stepped in history in charm. Today, antique pottery serves two purposes, decorative and functional. This is not the case for all civilizations in the past, early ceramics were purely functional. Being used in kitchen for food storage and preparation, a good example are French confit pots that were used to store goose or duck fat. It is also important to point our collecting pottery for a decorative purpose is as present today as it were 150 years ago. There is something very special holding a piece which such age that is truly in every sense of the world handmade, a process that maybe perfect and not need improvement over time.

Here is a little information into the long history of the production of ceramic pottery.

The oldest manufacture methods have found at an archaeological site known as Odai Yamamoto, in Japan, where fragments from a specific vessel have been dated to around 15,0000 years ago. Non-agricultural peoples of Jomon Period Japan were producing clay pots used for food preparation that were elaborately decorated by about 13,000 years ago.

Although there is not necessarily a causal relationship between a modern way of life and pottery-making, the introduction of pottery generally comes along at the same time as an agricultural lifestyle, when durable and strong vessels and containers were needed. Initially, pottery was made in open fires. However, during the Early Neolithic era, around 8,000 BCE, special ovens used to dry cereal grains and to bake bread were being built in the Near East, which allowed people to control fire and produce high temperatures in enclosed spaces. The use of ovens added new possibilities to the development of pottery. Around the same time, some areas of South America were also developing pottery technology.