History of Pottery
The baking of clay to form pottery ranks among the oldest arts. When ancient
tombs are opened, or other traces of vanished civilizations are found, pieces
of baked clay are almost always discovered.
Ancient Egypt was probably the first nation to develop this art, and there
pieces of both glazed and un-glazed pottery are found in a state of perfect
preservation, but all the great nations of antiquity were proficient in pottery-making.
The Bible refers many times to pottery.
In medieval times both glazed and unglazed pottery were made as early as the
twelfth century in Italy, and England doubtless learned the trade from European
workmen. The English development of the art has
been noted throughout the world for its beauty and superiority.
In America no pottery works were established before the end of the eighteenth
century about 1790; and until then the necessary supply had been imported from
Europe. Rapid development has taken place in the manufacture of American-made
ware, which now has a recognized standing in workmanship, design, and service.
Purchasers find that American-made ware is always easily obtained and that they
do not have to wait for shipments from Europe.