Saturday, August 1, 2015

Cats and Clay, a (Very) Brief History

Yup, that's a paw print alright.
It appears cat have been wreaking havok for clay workers for at least a couple of millenia! Paw prints were found on 2000-year old Roman roof tiles, perhaps made when the tiles were laid out to dry. The tile was fired and used nevertheless - for all we know the marks were considered an embellishment! That wasn't the way of it when my own feline friends - kittens at the time - contributed to my work, but who knows? More likely, it just didn't matter, as the fairly shallow prints didn't interfere with the function of the tile.



2 comments:

smartcat said...

The more things change; the more they remain the same!
Thanks!

Melissa Rohrer said...

Found a paw print in the bottom of one of my bowls once. Luckily, no other damage. Decided to go ahead and fire the bowl and a customer was thrilled to get it.

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