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The term "pottery" designates both the art of shaping and baking mixtures made of earth (silica, marl, clay, etc.) as well as objects made in this manner. First soft and easy to shape, the clay used to make pottery hardens when baked.

Pottery is an art that dates back to the Neolithic, an era when populations were gradually beginning to settle down. The receptacles they made served principally to boil water and permitted the adoption of a new manner of cooking.

Pottery techniques are highly varied, from modeling and molding to the potter's wheel. This last method, one of the best known and most efficient, uses a spinning turntable to produce pieces of a more regular shape.

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