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The Story of Porcelain

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Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 47,967 / 142 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.6
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 822
Added to site: 2006.10.02 14622

An accident interrupts Theo's holiday in the woods, and to help the boy around a hard corner Mr. Croyden, who manufactures porcelain, tells Theo what it is, and all about it. Afterward the boy gets an opportunity to see it made.

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arth, men made bowls, pots, and vases, some of which are in existence in our museums of to-day," continued Mr. Croyden. "We have, too, a few specimens of clumsy vessels made from grayish black clay which are relics of the Lake Dwellers, who fashioned their houses on piles, and set them in the middle of small lakes as a protection against wild animals and rival races of savages. Then followed what is known as the Bronze Age, and we find that the people of this era also worked with clay. Their designs showed a decided advance, too, even some simple decoration being attempted."

"All that was in Europe, I suppose," Theo ventured shyly.

"By no means," replied Mr. Croyden. "On the contrary, we have found in our own hemisphere specimens of this prehistoric pottery. In some cases baskets of twigs were woven and lined with clay, after which they were baked in the fire and the twigs burned off. Other pieces were built up from coils of clay wound round and round, and when partly hardened these were worked



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