Short History of Ceramics in Kitchens
People found that if they use clay, they could create surfaces that could hold fluids in a much efficient way, without wasting and spilling over precious food. This concept seems so simple and pretty self-explanatory to us, not even noteworthy some might add, but one must imagine the engineering marvel of its potential when using the eyes and brain of ancient human societies.
Cookware made from ceramic pots and pans were common within household environments, all the way up to the late 17th century. But for better or worse, humankind was beginning to step into a new age. An age of machinery and mass production. The Industrial Revolution brought with it what seemed to be the end of ceramic kitchen utensils. Metal factories around the world started mass producing metal and aluminum pots and cutlery, swarming markets and households and driving off old artisans of the pottery trade. They were cheaper and much easier to make but also carried with them much more downsides that became obvious as time went by.
There are clear benefits to ceramic cutlery over the mass produced aluminum or metal kitchen utensils. Clay is a natural material that doesn’t require any additional chemical compounds added into it in order to be used. Thanks to its non-toxic properties, companies like the people over at Wilson Cutlery have begun creating green and eco-friendly ceramic cutlery, designing beautiful and fulfilling items that are both pleasing to the eye, but also practical and pleasing to the touch. Thanks to successful companies like these, the ancient art of working with ceramics can still be allowed to survive.
Well, that’s it for this short history of ceramics. If you’re interested in continuing the tradition of using ceramic kitchen tools and utensils in your humble abode, be sure to visit Wilson Cutlery, and get some ideas going for forming your own new set of ceramic pottery.