Pottery, which is made from moldable clay, was entirely hand-formed until the potter's wheel came into use about 3,000 B.C. During the 19th century, industrialization marched in the mass production of ware, using water and steam as power sources. Today, ceramic products are made with complex machines, requiring a much smaller labor force than in the past.
In the last century, pottery making has changed from a specialized hand craft to a highly mechanized
operation. At the Pottery Shop, a variety of pottery based on early American forms and decorations are
created using the traditional process of making pottery including: mixing and forming the clay, decorating
the product and finally firing the item in a kiln.
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