The book of trades; or, Familiar descriptions of the most useful trades, manufactures, and arts practised in England : and the manner in which the workmen perform their various employments.
(undated, inscribed 1829)
The potter., pp. 68 ff.
68 THE POTTER. The Potter makes vessels capable of holding liquid and various other utensils, of clay of different kinds mixed with a variety of ingredients. This trade is divided into several branches-the Stone-ware Potter, the Delf-Potter, the maker of Portugal or Brosely Ware, the common Earthenware Potter, the maker of Queen's Ware, and many others. Clay and flints are the prin- cipal substances, and the wheel and lathe the chief instruments. The wheel is in- tended for large works, and the lathe for small. The former is turned by a labourer, but the latter is put into motion by the foot of a workman. When the clay is properly prepared and proportioned to the size of the vessel to be made, the potter places one of the lumps upon the head of the wheel, which he turns round while he forms the cavity of the vessel with his finger and thumb: and while putting it into a proper form the wheel is kept in constant motion. The feet and handles of the vessels are made by themselves. When the vessel is finished, it is taken from the rest of the. clay to dry. St. Paul, we find, alludes to the Potter in one of his Epistles, proving the clay like the hu- man body,subservient to the maker's pleasure,
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