|This fragment from ancient Syria dates from about|
7,000 to 6,000 BCE and shows signs of having been
created using a potter's wheel.
|An ancient Mesopotamian potters' wheel might very well have looked and worked like the one seen here from India.|
|Egyptian wall decorations from around 2,500 BCE offer some indications of both the product and the production of ancient ceramics.|
|Japanese ceramics from the Jomon period,|
(around 12,000-300 BCE).
|Jomon ceramics gradually evolved into extremely ornate examples such as this, created without the benefit of the potter's wheel.|