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Petra Pottery is a family run business specializes in the design and production of the highest quality pottery and clay artwork crafts in association with Mufida Art Mosaic, including home and garden pottery, indoor crafts, clay Nabatean pots, handmade arts and crafts such as: Jars, bowls, cups, mugs, pencil and candle holders.

The emphasis of our business is on creating original designs and handmade art that are not found in everyday arts and crafts stores. The key to the beauty and attractiveness of our products lies in the fact that they are all handmade from start to finish by highly skilled craftsmen using traditional techniques passed down from generation to generation. We invite you to take a look at our extensive range of mosaic crafts and clay art pottery items that make new and exciting gifts for your friends, family, and colleagues. Discover how to personalize each item and tailor the designs to your own unique preference. We guarantee excellence in service and product quality. To learn more about our mosaic art products for sale, and our company history please click on the links above.

Nabateans of Petra (from πέτρα "petra", rock in Greek) were an ancient trading people of southern Jordan, their loosely-controlled trading network, which centered on strings of oases that they controlled around Petra the rose city, where agriculture was intensively practiced in limited areas, and on the routes that linked them, which had no securely defined boundaries in the surrounding desert.

Trade routes and the origins of their goods were regarded as trade secrets, and disguised in tales that should have strained outsiders' credulity. Their individual culture, easily identified by their characteristic finely-potted painted ceramics, became dispersed and was eventually lost.

Nabatean of Petra art clay cup pots and pottery crafts

The pottery made by the Nabateans in Petra, especially between 100 BC and 100 AD is noted for the phenomenal delicacy of the work. It is some of the lightest pottery known to man. The most sensitive work produced is expressed in beautifully decorated bowls, that function is still debated today. Large quantities of fragments were found around the tomb areas in Petra, which have prompted speculations connecting their use with burial ceremonies of some sort. None of the pots were glazed, having them instead finely painted motifs of the flora and fauna local to Petra using black, dark brown, red and rust colored pigments.

Nabatean of Petra clay art pot and pottery crafts


Nabatean of Petra clay art pot and pottery craft

Eight years ago a Jordanian archeologist and a British potter undertook some research to attempt to identify the clays and the working techniques and firing methods of the earlier potters at Petra. Their work has resulted in bowls being produced in Jordan using clays from the Petra region which reflect the style and to some extent, the light weight of the originals.

It is believed that the earliest pottery wares were hand-built and fired in bonfires. Firing times were short but the peak-temperatures achieved in the fire could be high, perhaps in the region of 900 degrees Celsius, and were reached very quickly. Clays tempered with sand, grit, crushed shell or crushed pottery were often used to make bonfire-fired ceramics, because they provided an open body texture that allows water and other volatile components of the clay to escape freely. The coarser particles in the clay also acted to restrain shrinkage within the bodies of the wares during cooling, which was carried out slowly to reduce the risk of thermal stress and cracking. In the main, early bonfire-fired wares were made with rounded bottoms, to avoid sharp angles that might be susceptible to cracking. The earliest intentionally constructed kilns were pit-kilns or trench-kilns; holes dug in the ground and covered with fuel. Holes in the ground provided insulation and resulted in better control over firing.

For archaeologists and historians the study of pottery can help to provide an insight into past cultures. Pottery is durable and fragments, at least, often survive long after artifacts made from less-durable materials have decayed past recognition. Combined with other evidence, the study of pottery artifacts is helpful in the development of theories on the organisation, economic condition and the cultural development of the societies that produced or acquired pottery. The study of pottery may also allow inferences to be drawn about a culture's daily life, religion, social relationships, and attitudes towards neighbors, attitudes to their own world and even the way the culture understood the universe.

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