Medieval Monday: Pottery

I really enjoy Allison Reid’s medieval Monday’s. This one is about pottery and fascinating.

Allison D. Reid

Ok, yes, I know it is now Tuesday. The last few days have been very busy and time got away from me. A day late, but hopefully no less interesting, here is my Medieval Monday post for the week.

potter-at-wheelI mentioned last week that one task medieval people could do in January was dig for clay along river beds, which was used for pottery and tiles among other things. At least in the early medieval period, making pottery was mainly a rural activity. It was easiest to set up a workshop and kiln at or near the source of the materials needed. Large supplies of not just clay, but sand, wood to fuel the kiln, and water were needed. Access to a road or boats for transportation was also required.

potter-at-wheel-2Pottery making was typically handed down as a family industry among the peasantry. Though pottery was valued as a necessity…

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2 Responses to Medieval Monday: Pottery

  1. Farelle says:

    I also like to watch the channel “primitive technology” on youtube, since the guy making those videos is trying to build houses and tools etc. from scratch, it is very interesting to see how he does those things just by trying out. Also it doesn’t seem so far fetched, that this is also how humans in the past have done and learned it 🙂 (he also does pottery from time to time and has experimented on how to find clay, where and how to process it, how to make shingles from hand out of them etc.)


    • teilasblog says:

      Yeah, I love that too! I think I linked to it somewhere, on the blog or on Twitter at one time. It is a really neat way to see how crafting was really done way back when. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! I am always happy to see you!


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