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Pottery is a type of ceramic material which is formed by firing, or heating clay. Pottery is one of the oldest crafts known to mankind. Examples of pottery have been found going as far back as 29,000 BCE. Pottery also appears to be a very universal craft. Pottery artifacts have been found belonging to a number of different civilizations across every continent.
All pottery begins as clay, which is then shaped into the desired shape. This shaping process can occur a number of ways, the easiest of which is to simply use one’s hands to shape the clay. However, more advanced pottery makers will often use a device called a pottery wheel. A pottery wheel is a spinning wheel upon which the clay is placed. As the wheel spins, the pottery maker uses their hands to shape the clay. The spinning motion allows the clay to be