Some 12,000 years ago, our ancestors used pottery for a specific purpose. Initially, pottery was invented in The Stone Age (roughly 12,000 years from now.) Back then, the economy of the world largely depended on farming and agriculture. Since there was no modern equipment for farming that we use today, the invention of pottery became a crying need.
To store food and water, for instance, there was no available equipment. Thus, the art of pottery - making equipment with mud and clay - remained the only available option. To cultivate grain and store cereals, for example, our ancestors did not have enough tools. At the time, the world was not modern enough to produce these essential tools with plastic or iron. As a result, mud and clay remained the only raw materials for making these essentials.
In the initial stage, pots were used to carry and store water and cereals. Vessels, for instance, were handy tools for carrying water and storing cereals. By then, clay and mud were utilized to make tools and equipment to carry on day-to-day tasks.
Similarly, sculptures were also made of clay and mud. Thus, the art of pottery - making essential tools with mud and clay, was a fair hobby and expertise of our ancestors. But the fascinating thing is that these people of the Stone Age did not know that they were using these potteries as a technology. Today, we have updated tools for everything, thanks to the advancement in technology. By then, it was only pottery that was used as a technology that we see and use today.
As technology progressed, with the passage of time, the art of pottery also advanced. After the Stone age, historians suggest that prehistoric European hunters used pottery. To make ends meet, these people would solely rely on hunting. And during hunting, they needed essential tools. And the art of pottery came to rescue them.
The Art of Pottery Transformed Throughout the Years
The concept of pottery did not go away as the world progressed. We can also find traces of pottery in classic English poems. Shakespeare, John Keats, and Mathew Arnold are some of the prominent English poets who have described the beauty of the art of pottery - not to mention its necessity by then.
However, it is essential to note here that in the Stone Age, pottery was a necessity, and it continued to be a necessity till the 15th century. Fast forward to the modern age, people started using pottery as a source of pleasure.
Today, if you visit renowned museums in the world, you can see that old sculptures and vessels are harnessed in these museums.