Athenian Vase Construction: A Potter's Analysis (Getty Trust by Toby Schreiber

By Toby Schreiber

Greek vases are one of many world's most interesting ceramic traditions. Even prior to a vase grew to become a painted masterpiece, its swish traces and chic proportions made it a masterpiece of shape. This extremely popular quantity info in a entire, step by step model the style during which the key Athenian vases have been made. images of pottery from the Getty Museum and different collections supply old proof from the interiors and exteriors of the pots themselves as to how they have been shaped and developed. Line drawings illustrate how the traditional potters labored.

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The properties of a clay influence the shine it will take. To create a shiny surface, it is necessary to have a fine-grained clay. Crystals of clay are roughly hexagonal and flat in shape. 5 Large-grained clays Surface Treatment FIG. 1 Upper half shows striations made by finger running over wet clay. Lower half was smoothed with a sponge. Modern day from Amarousi. Note sponge in lower left corner. FIG. 2 Close-up of freshly thrown vase illustrating two surf ace finishes. Upper half has been sponged, leaving textured surface; lower half has had rib gently applied to surface, leaving it smooth.

An oval handle is formed when he squeezes the clay between the proximal phalanges of his index finger and thumb (ill. 2w). After a pulled handle is made, the potter places the lump of clay upright on a flat surface, allowing the newly formed handle to bend of its own weight into ill. 2s cylindrical ill. 2t concave ill. 2u center-ridged ill. 2v ribbon Forming and Techniques ill. 2w oblate ill. 2x ill. 2y ill. sz twisted a loop (ill. 2x). When the handle is somewhat firm, he cuts it to size and attaches it to the vessel with slip.

Scrapers leave flat planes but surfaces that are not smooth. Throwing severing measuring ill 2b Wheel-thrown wares have a vitality and spontaneity that cannot be achieved by any other means. While each potter develops an idiosyncratic method of manipulating his hands and fingers to create his wares, the general process is the same for all. The following descriptions assume a right-handed potter. Forming and Techniques ill 20 ill. 2d ill. 2e ill. 2f Attic potters threw their wares directly on the wheel head.

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