The potter’s wheel, which greatly revolutionized the production of pottery, was invented in Mesopotamia some time between 6,000 and 4,000 BCE. Today, a pottery wheel is one of the most important components of pottery production, used in conjunction with a kiln, pottery tools and supplies.
There are three major types of pottery: earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. Interestingly, pottery made from earthenwares are normally fired in a kiln at temperatures anywhere from 1,830 degrees fahrenheit to 2,190 degrees fahrenheit. Depending on the material used to make pottery, the potter may decorate the body before or after firing it in a kiln.
A clay pot, for example, can be decorated before or after firing. There are