Pottery

Pottery

Adriana Maldonado, reporter

Pottery has always been a big part of our history, building amazing food accessories and great buildings. Pottery first took place in China, and ceramic objects like the Venus of Dolní Věstonice figurine of the Gravettian culture, discovered in the Czech Republic dating back to 29,000–25,000 BC. The United States started to use pottery circa 1870. The different types of clay are earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain. Stoneware is a bit more durable than earthenware because it’s fired up at a higher temperature and usually has glass material for strength. Now earthenware and porcelain are made up of natural materials from earth, but porcelain is stone, so when you hit it, it makes a metallic sound. And for earthenware, when struck, makes a dull sound. Porcelain is white and is resistant to water, where earthenware absorbs water.

 

One of the best teachers here at Skyline is Mrs. Nobel, who loves to do pottery as a class.  She only started practicing pottery because her mom made her interested in giving it a shot and now she is a teacher here at our school. I had asked her, ¨Why did you want to start a pottery class?¨ She said she wanted to give back and she wanted to share her abilities with other people. Therefore, I asked her why she is so passionate about pottery? She says, ¨in Northern New Mexico I went to classes with my mother to practice making pottery.¨  She has also been very inspired by items she has viewed in museums.