Going the clay way

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Long ago, during the Neolithic Period, when widespread ceramic technology was new and developing, potters were already working out how to compose and fashion clay vessels in the service of cooking in some very sophisticated ways.

Neolithic potters in Northern Syria, for example, used several strategies to increase the usefulness and lifespan of their wares. They selected clay types that were especially suited to the rigors of the hearth; isotope analysis shows that the clay for their best clay ware was imported from a region over a hundred miles away. They tempered the clay with minerals or crushed pottery, now a time honored method for conferring resistance to heat-shock on the pots; then, cutting-edge technology. In building the pots, they strove for even wall thickness and smoothly arced forms, both helpful in creating resistance to thermal shock; they added lug handles to give the cook something to grab.

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The artisans enhanced the naturally low porosity of their special clay by burnishing, intentionally smoothing the surfaces of these clay ware before firing them, improving their cooking and storage qualities. In short, to a startling degree, some of the earliest known cooking pots were highly functional, and often beautiful, implements.

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Today, potters are still making great clay ware all over the globe, even though there are other alternates. We at Aurovika, make sure that we can get some of these choicest clay-ware available to you. Our range include cooking ware, table ware and other utilitarian clay stuff.

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