This research paper argues that pottery existed as a type of social media in Indigenous North American societies, and uses pottery shards to analyze the social connections between communities. The author, Jacob Lulewicz, explains how he used “changes to both the tempering agents—aplastic materials such as sand, limestone, or crushed shell used to strengthen the ceramic product—added to clays in the production process, as well as changes to the highly visible modes of decoration that adorned the exteriors of ceramic pots” to track how information was spread throughout the Appalachians before European colonists arrived. By analyzing these aspects of pottery, researchers could determine how personal these connections were, as certain methods would have needed close, face-to-face contact, whereas things like decoration could be copied. In the end, Lulewicz determined that networks of kin and clan were much stronger than previously thought, and that the Etowah community was the largest and most important community because it served as a bridge between Georgia and Tennesse.
In “Making Pottery”, author Bill Barnett claims that there are only three major steps in creating a pot. The first step is to collect the clay by mining clay deposits, and then to mix the clay in a process called tempering. Tempering clay involves adding additional materials to the clay, such as sand, grass, or ashes, to improve the quality of the pottery. The next step is to form a pot from a lump of clay. This can be done in a variety of ways, including coiling, paddle and anvil, slab construction, molds, and the potter’s wheel. Each of these methods
This Ceramics Monthly article profiles Elena Renker, a studio potter from New Zealand. The article examines her work and comments that “her particular fascination with the loosely formed, free-spirited
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