pottery

The pleasure of creating something with your own hands (literally) from elements available in nature is not as marked in anything as in Pottery. Time to get hands deep into mud and shape objects of your desire! A pottery workshop is about concentration, focus, patience and fun. It also results in a profound sense of calm and exhilaration- simultaneously- as you turn the potter's wheel and watch your dream take shape right there between your nimble fingers. Time to clay!

For pottery the most common kind of clay is Earthenware, which is transported by moving water and is found far from its source, so it picks up impurities. The second variety- Stoneware- is harder clay and has natural colors. Finally, Kaolin clay or china clay is the purest because it is found nearest to its source and is used to make Porcelain.

The potter's wheel was invented between 6000 and 4000 BCE in Mesopotamia and this brought about a new level in pottery as this allowed potters to craft wares faster and more efficiently.
Traditional Japanese pottery takes is fired by burning the fire for 24 hours for a week. They are fired in chambered wood kilns called Anagama (one chambered kiln) or Noborigama (multi-chambered kiln).
The word Ceramic has its root in the Greek term keramos, meaning "a potter" or "pottery". Keramos in turn is related to an older Sanskrit word meaning "to burn."
Surprisingly, the blade of a ceramic knife stays sharper for much longer than that of a steel knife.