Primitive Technology: Pottery and Stove

  • Published on:  12/22/2017
  • I made some pottery from the clay in the new area to see how well it performed. A large bank of clay was exposed by the side of the creek. I dug it out using a digging stick and took it back to the hut. Small sticks and stones were picked out of the clay and the whole mass was mixed to make sure there were no dry lumps. When this was done the clay was then left next to the fire to dry slightly so that it became a stiff workable material to form pots from. No further processing was done to the clay.I formed small pinch pots from the clay by taking balls of it and pinching out the shape of the pots. Small cracks that formed while shaping were simply mended by wetting and smoothing over. Several pots were made this way. They were then left to dry completely next to the fire until they were completely dry. To fire the pot, it was placed upside down in the hot coals and covered with sticks in a tipi fashion. The wood both acts as fuel and protects the pot from sudden changes in temperatures such as those caused by sudden winds. When the fire was burning well, I increased the temperature of the fire by fanning it with a fan palm frond. The pot glowed red hot amongst the coals and so was fired to a sufficient temperature. After waiting overnight, the pot was retrieved from the ashes and struck with a stick. The pot gave a clear ringing sound indicating it was strong and had no cracks (hollow sounds indicate the opposite). Now I had a small bowl to carry water in.A larger pot was then made from the same clay. This time the walls of the pot were built up using the coil technique where long rolls of clay were rolled and then squashed onto previous layers. The last layer was pinched outwards to form a pot lip. A lid was made for the pot by making a flat disk of clay with a small handle for lifting. When dried the pot was then fired as before but in a larger pit outside the hut. Again, the pot was covered with wood protecting it from sudden breezes that might cool or heat the pot suddenly, possibly causing cracks. The firing went well and the pot sounded strong when struck.The pot was then placed on 3 rocks and a fire lit underneath. It took close to 30 minutes to boil this way with lots of sticks. But it did eventually come to the boil. I then made a stove inside the hut. The fire pit was dug and extended into a trench, sticks laid over the entrance and mud mixed from the excavated dirt was then used to form the walls of the stove over the trench. The stove was about 30 cm internal diameter but came in to about 20 cm. Three raised lumps were made on the top of the stove to hold the pot above. Then the stove was fired. Note that wood can be placed over the entrance of the stove at ground level and lit in a hob firebox like configuration. The flames then get sucked down and then up into the stove. I show this because it’s an easy way to manage the fire without making it too big which might burn the thatch.When the pot is on the stove, it’s easier just to put sticks straight into the top of the stove between its open top and the sides of the pot. If over stacked with wood, wood gas is produced burning in a second fireball above the stove. It’s best just to keep the flames big enough to surround the pot (to reduce fire hazards). The pot was quicker to come to the boil then over a three stone fire.The clay here in the new place is good, it didn’t take me long to make pottery here. Notably this clay doesn’t seem to need grog or temper added to it to prevent it from cracking. I think this is due to tiny specs of mica that weren’t present in the clay from my old area. The clay seems stronger and there also seems to be much more of it everywhere. The pot boiled after a while of tending, in future I’ll probably make thinner walled pots so that they boil quicker. The stove was useful for boiling the pot. It also seems to reduce the amount of smoke in the hut and increase the life of the coals in the base so that the fire could be re stoked at a later time.Wordpress: https://primitivetechnology.wordpress...Patreon page: have no face book page, instagram, twitter etc. Beware of fake pages.


  • Bbistheman _
    Bbistheman _ a years ago+2207

    Can we just appreciate how much effort this guy puts into his descriptions?

  • Clay Reichard
    Clay Reichard 10 months ago+545

    Who else loved the laughing kookaburras in the middle of the video

  • Karma Bullet
    Karma Bullet 8 months ago+648

    Year 2050 -> Primitive Technology Episode 19,458: Space Rocket and Teleporter

  • Bill Nye Tyson
    Bill Nye Tyson 10 months ago+416

    Can you imagine this guy getting Emails from company’s saying hey we want you to sponser us but he is like yea no I don’t speak in my videos sorry

  • Defenseless
    Defenseless 11 months ago+268

    I love how he incorporates each tool in the creation of a new one, like using the small bowl he made to hold water for the making of the large vessel.

  • DaZDanker
    DaZDanker a years ago+2490

    6.8 Mil subs. Hasn't said a single thing ever

  • Ai A
    Ai A 4 months ago+183

    “Wacha cookin?”

  • Tony Funk Gaming
    Tony Funk Gaming 3 months ago+265

    I'm still wondering how he made this camera with just clay and rocks

  • Jeremy Hunter
    Jeremy Hunter a years ago+163

    I love how honest this is. Some people don't even show the process, whilst you show where you made the coil a little too short and filled it in. Much respect. Love your videos.

  • Scuttlebug
    Scuttlebug a years ago+142

    i wish he would cook ramen in that thing

  • No Heart Serg
    No Heart Serg a years ago+463

    I can imagine after posting these videos, he goes home takes a shower, eats, puts on a suit and a tie and goes to work in a billion dollar company

  • George Cowsert
    George Cowsert 3 months ago+37

    Imagine going back to the primal ages and flexing on 'em with the ability to turn certain mud into a kettle.

  • Steven Quartz
    Steven Quartz 6 months ago+61

    Iron working
    Horseback riding

  • Dead Frosty
    Dead Frosty 2 months ago+21

    Comes home from a day in the office, eats some soup, goes outside, slaps clay for 5 hours every day

  • jcllings
    jcllings 3 months ago+24

    Clay would appear to be a precious resource in primitive life.

  • Luke G
    Luke G a years ago+497

    The thing that's awesome about this is that is should be boring - a bunch of nature shots, no talking, legit just a guy making clay bowls - yet it's absolutely fascinating and holds my attention like no other video

  • Eileen S.
    Eileen S. a years ago+62

    . . . I was so excited at 7:10 when I saw the water boiling . . . !

  • Bilbo_Gamers
    Bilbo_Gamers 11 months ago+93

    I like the idea of refined science, and study of physical interactions, existing before the advent of the actual industrial revolution. Seems like people got A LOT done.

  • Hayden Cook
    Hayden Cook 1 months ago+14

    I'm gonna be "that guy" would help to make the lid and harden it first. That way once you make the pot, you can press the lid into the lips and form it fit perfectly (almost perfect at least).

  • Bruce Stewart
    Bruce Stewart 2 months ago+11

    I'm wondering what the scientists who dig this stuff up thousands of years from now will think...