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12. Clay working


Fresco 'Workshop lesson' - Pompeii, The Pottery Workshop
Ceramic items were common in all Pompeii households: clay was used to produce cookware, dinnerware, and carrying containers such as wine and oil amphorae. Oil lamps were also made of clay, and were filled with oil and animal fat to feed the flame which burned on a wick. Pots were made by using a form of potter's wheel known as a kick-wheel. Once they had been shaped, the pots were fired in special kilns. One such kiln was unearthed in Pompeii, in Via di Nocera. The kiln was found still containing oil lamps fired shortly before the city was destroyed.
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