Baltinglass - Pot Making

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.

 

The mixture was rolled out by hand into a long, thin sausage
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Then it was coiled up to create the shape of the pot
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It was smoothed inside and out, decorated and left to dry
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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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