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- This is the home of Berthelm the
- Berthelm makes cooking and
storage vessels out of clay.
- He digs up the clay from a boggy
place he knows near the river.
- He makes pots, dishes, jars and
jugs, big and small.
- He sometimes makes them by hand,
coiling up a thin clay sausage into a pot; but he also has a
simple potter's wheel.
- Berthelm puts a lump of clay onto
the turn-table of his potter's wheel. It is connected to a
second wheel which he spins with his foot. This makes both
wheel and table turn. Then he can smooth the clay and hollow
it out into a circular pot using his fingers. He needs lots of
water to keep it wet.
- He has several small 'dies' which
the bone worker has carved
simple patterns onto. Berthelm can press these into his pots
again and again to make a repeating pattern.
- Then he builds a bonfire and
carefully places his pots into a pit. When the ashes are
smouldering he pushes them over the pit to bake the pots
slowly. (Later Saxons used proper kilns).
- When everything has cooled, he
can sell the pots.