PART 1: How pots are made


A. Introduction
B. Documentary evidence
C. Archaeological evidence
D. How a pot is made:
  D.1. The body material
    a. What is a clay?
    b. How do you prepare a clay for manufacture?
    c. Functionality and formation
  D.2. Vessel Formation:
    a. Hand-forming
    b. Moulding
    c. Throwing
    d. Combinations
  Direct to video clips of Alan Caiger-Smith
  D.3. Decoration:
    a. Stamped, impressed and incised decoration
    b. Appliqué, modelled and moulded decoration
    c. Slips
    d. Painting in/under/over-glaze
  D.4. Drying
  D.5. Glazing
    a. Simple glazes
    b. Preparation of glaze-frits
    c. Opacifiers
  D.6. Firing Processes
    a. Types of firing:
      i. open firings
      ii. kiln firings
    b. Loading the kiln
    c. What happens to the clay during firing?
    d. Fuel and firing duration
  D.7. Overglaze decoration requiring a second firing
  Direct to video clips of Alan Caiger-Smith
    a. Lustre decoration
    b. Minai
  D.8. Post-firing treatment
  D.9. The After-life of a pot, featuring:
LECTURE 1: "Prologues and Epilogues in Islamic Ceramics: Clays, Repairs and Secondary Use", by Marcus Milwright
  D.10. Dangers and hardships to the craftsmen
from pottery manufacture
E. Further Reading
F. Study Guides
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