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  • Writer's pictureConnie Lioness

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Ceramics is one of the most ancient design arts dating back tens of thousands of years. Once humans discovered that clay could be found in abundance and formed into objects by first mixing with water and then firing, form & function was born. The oldest known ceramic artifact is dated before the common era, during the late Palaeolithic period. It is a statuette of a woman, named the Venus of Dolní Věstonice.

The Venus of Dolní Věstonice is a Venus figurine, a ceramic statuette of a nude female figure dated to 29,000–25,000 BCE. It was found at the Palaeolithic site Dolní Věstonice in the Moravian basin south of Brno, in the base of Děvín Mountain in the Czech Republic.

The first examples of pottery appeared in Eastern Asia several thousand years later. In the Xianrendong cave in China, fragments of pots dated to 18,000-17,000 BCE have been found. It is believed that from China the use of pottery successively spread to Japan and the Russian Far East region where archaeologists have found shards of ceramic artifacts dating to 14,000 BCE.

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