For thousands of years, artisans have been producing pottery to store goods and foods. In fact, history has shown that the invention of pottery precedes the written word. Today, pottery comes in all shapes and sizes and can be produced from an array of materials, but how did this stunning art form begin?
Here at Alyssa Bazaar, we know not only how functional pottery can be but also how beautiful. That is why we thought we would take a closer look at this stunning artform and the benefits it provides.
A brief history of pottery
With the earliest pottery fragments known to man dating back 20,000 years and historians believing these products date much earlier than that, the early beginnings of pottery are shrouded in mystery. However, one common theory is that it was discovered by accident.
Early humans would transport water in woven baskets, with this liquid often having some natural clay and mud in it. As this dried, it would take on the shape of the basket, giving these early settlers a sturdy vessel that could transport more water.
From those early days, the use of pottery became more widespread, and the invention of the kiln by the ancient Egyptians helped take pottery to the next level. This allowed for more artistic designs on pots, allowing artisans to depict images of gods and mythological heroes.
The next step in pottery came during the medieval period when artisans realized that adding sand into the clay helped to create a material that was able to withstand heat from a fire. This eventually led to the creation of stoneware and then porcelain, with each new invention creating a stronger and more aesthetically pleasing product.
What are the benefits of pottery?
Despite being thousands of years old, pottery is still providing benefits to homeowners today. Adding these beautiful kitchenware items to your home can provide you with a range of benefits, including:
- Natural products
One of the biggest benefits of pottery is that they are made from completely natural products. Whether it is clay, ceramics, or wood, these materials are non-toxic and safe to use for the entire family.
- Suitable for daily use
Pottery is also great for daily use. The highly durable materials are able to withstand very high temperatures while also being sturdy enough to not break.
- Easy to clean
Pottery is also very easy to clean. The non-stick and smooth surfaces can be simply wiped clean using traditional dish soap and water.
- Aesthetically pleasing
Above all, pottery is an incredibly beautiful material. The rustic charm of using these traditional materials can transform any kitchen and can serve as a stunning addition to any home.
Looking for unique pottery homeware?
Pottery is a fantastic addition to any home, and here at Alyssa Bazaar, our mission is to provide our customers with the very best kitchenware ceramics and olive wood accessories. Each of these handcrafted products has been made with love and attention, created by experienced local artisans who help to bring the 3,000-year history of Tunisia to your home.
Our beautiful and rustic products are designed to transport you to a different time and place without having to sacrifice on quality or price. Want to find out more? You can check out our full range of products here or get in touch with our team to find out more!