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The History of Bricks: Mesopotamia

And now I must describe how the soil dug out to make the moat was used, and the method of building the wall. While the digging was going on, the earth that was shoveled out was formed into bricks, which … Continue reading

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Gordon Hutchens Fires his Anagama Kiln

What an amazing community project: the firing of an anagama kiln against a backdrop of rainforest! Coming across this is perfect timing, as I am unable to make it to a raku firing that Gary told me takes place this … Continue reading

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Today’s Olive Oil Lamp

Last Tuesday, I made an olive oil lamp I wasn’t very happy with, so, today, I made another one. It took one and a half hours, from start to finish. An earlier post on ancient lamps was my guide and … Continue reading

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Video: Evolution of Ceramic Art Forms, Dacian to Romanian

I was so excited when I saw this video after rummaging around sgraffito sites and couldn’t wait to share it with you! This video focuses on the ceramics of a certain people over time. The Dacians really gave the Romans … Continue reading

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Book Arts: Writing on Stone(ware)

We know the act of writing on clay tablets is an ancient practice. To date, the oldest that have been found are the unearthed at neolithic sites in modern-day Romania and Hungary. The three Tărtăria Tablets have been radio-carbon dated … Continue reading

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Idaho iPods: Tom’s historical adventure with clay

Recently, I was thinking of an intriguing project Tom Trusky assigned to his students in 2007. He was my poetry teacher at Boise State University in the early 1980s. Then, from 1984-86, I had the good fortune to be co-editor … Continue reading

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How to Make a Ceramic Olive Oil Lamp

Olive oil has a low flash point and it has been used as lamp fuel for millennia. I had an olive oil lamp once that my Mom gave me and it made a nice, soft glow without stinking like petroleum-based … Continue reading

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