Ancient Greek Pottery: When it came to Greek culture, you will find that clay was a very important part. In ancient Greece, there was no glass or plastic present which they could use to make containers. But then the positive part was that finding play in ancient Greece was extremely easy.

One the clay items become fired up they become quite indestructible except if it is broken and they also become quite waterproof.

Ancient Greek Pottery

Ancient Greek Pottery

There were the features which made sure that clay was the perfect thing which could be used to make containers. Hence ancient Greek pottery was mostly based on clay.The clay items were used for storing big things, buckets, perfume bottles, wine bottles, and jewelry boxes and as other containers for storing as well. This ensured that the potters of Greece were extremely busy. This intern led to extreme refinement of their skills.

Ancient Greek Pottery

Greek Pottery Facts

During the entire process, the first step was to find clay. The potter dug the clay out of the ground which was full of rocks and shells and various other things which were required to be removed.

In order to remove the clay from the unwanted substance it would be mixed with water and the impurities would sink down to the bottom. The process would be carried out for many times before the clay would be fired.

Ancient Greek Pottery

Greek Pottery Shapes

The clay was then kneaded by the potter on the wheel and the wheel was spun so bring the clay into shape, hence giving birth to ancient Greek pottery. The pots would usually be made in different sections like the spout, body and the feet. The sections would then be glued together later on using watery thin clay called slip. After the pot was made, the potter would paint it.

Clay Pots

Now firing the clay pots required only one try but then it had three stages. After the pottery was stacked inside the kiln the potter would heat it up to 800 degrees and all of the events on the sides would be kept open to allow for circulation.

Once 800 degrees would be reached the vents would be closed and the temperature increased to 950 degrees and then this would be allowed to come back to 900 degrees. The final phase involved opening up the vents and allowing the pots to cool down. Hence this was the method used to make ancient Greek pottery.