Anthropology | Pots and People
P600 | 8610 | Alt
Pottery has long been made, used, and conceived of in many different
ways. Because of the relationships between pottery and people, pottery
has often been utilized to help us understanding past societies. In
this class we take an archaeological and anthropological approach to
understanding how people make, use, and think about pottery. We will
test how pottery is constructed by making our own pots from wild clays
and we will use traditional ceramic pots to cook a meal. To put this
experimental portion of the class into context we will consider
theories of materiality and style and we will read and discuss
ethnographic examples of how people in different parts of the world
made, used and conceived of pottery.
Clay will be provided. Students must be prepared to attend pottery
firings that will occur on campus but outside of the classroom.