Oh, Austrian pottery! Pottery from Austria. Pottery from the lands currently considered to be Austria and her extended former lands.
I've lived in Austria for some time now, enough to have gone through a few apartments and a few visa renewals. I've made pots in Austria for some time now, enough to go through a few different supply-ingredient suppliers and studios and "studios" i.e. my kitchen, enough to start feeling with the people who made pots here thousands of years ago and who didn't order their materials from industry a town or country away, enough to start finding some of my own clay similar but not to that which they used.
Yet this, here, this is the first time I saw was given confronted with a collection of the pots they made the pots they used and left, somehow left to us however unwittingly or unknowingly. From 4.000 BCE to some hundreds of years BCE, they lived and made and worked here / lived with and made and worked next to these.
Formed by hand, pinched or coiled into shape. Round bottoms. Handles, if when present, like straps: wide, flat, functional. Bowls, wide on the bottom and rounded up. Lips flaring out as the trumpet's bell. Reds and browns and blacks, the colour of the ground and the smoke of the fire. I'm sure if you flicked them with your finger they wouldn't ring, they'd thunk, and not just due to the cracks acquired through the millennia. Some of them are carved, engraved, decorated with geometry. Few are carved, engraved, decorated.
I want to know how it felt to make these vessels, to use these vessels. I can.
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