Baltinglass - Pot Making

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The Neolithic farmers dug up or imported clay to make pots. They mixed clay with grit, ground shell and finely-broken pottery to make it pliable and easy to shape.

 

Photo:The mixture was rolled out by hand into a long, thin sausage

The mixture was rolled out by hand into a long, thin sausage

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Photo:Then it was coiled up to create the shape of the pot

Then it was coiled up to create the shape of the pot

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Photo:It was smoothed inside and out, decorated and left to dry

It was smoothed inside and out, decorated and left to dry

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Photo:When they were dry, many pots were put together on one large fire. The heat fired them, making them hard and waterproof and ready for use

When they were dry, many pots were put together on one large fire. The heat fired them, making them hard and waterproof and ready for use

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