The Pottery Maker (Silent Film)

Here’s a short (7 minute) silent film from 1926 documenting ceramic production. Its a short watch and kinda’ fun: the story-line, the silent movie with musical soundtrack, and the documentation of ceramic production that really hasn’t changed all that much in almost 100 years (apart from bricking up the kiln prior to firing).

That’s one fascinating thing about ceramics: making pottery has been remarkably consistent throughout time, back in the Pleistocene era when humans first started forming objects and vessels to use 20,000 years ago.

Tomorrow I head off to southern New Mexico to view several collections of native American ceramics, particularly collections of Mimbres pottery. I will post from the road.

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