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How did the Ancient Greeks make pottery?

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Ben Shaw

on 1 June 2011

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The potter’s apprentice would spin the wheel while the potter shaped the clay. The potter’s apprentice would spin the wheel while the potter shaped the clay How did the Greeks make pottery? The main steps of making pottery All pots were made on a wheel but some of the larger pots were made in separate sections and then joined together When the pot was finished it would be turned upside down and smoothed Then the pots were fired/baked in a kiln. The kiln was an enclosed platform. Underneath this platform there would be burning charcoal or wood. The finished pot would look like this Last but not least the painter would go to work on the pot and make paintings on it What were Greek figurines like in the Mycenaean age The Greeks had 3 diffrent types of women figurines The earliest were the Phi-type which looked like the letter phi. Their arms gave the upper body of the figurine a rounded shape. The second figurine was the Psi-type which looked like the letter psi (ancient Greek letter). These have outstretched, upraised arms and slender bodies. Facts about art in the Mycenaean age The latest (12th century BC) was the Tau-type. These figurines looked like the Greek letter tau with folded arms at right angles. Most figurines wore a large 'polos' hat. The figurines were painted with zigzags The Mycenaeans loved wall paintings or frescos They had a style that utilized curvy lines and some kind of action taking place, creating depth to their artwork. The Mycenaeans were sea-faring people. Archaeologists could tell that they incorporated sea creatures and sea plants into their art work Peach, Susan. The Greeks. London, England: Usborne Publishing, 1990. Print.

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