DescriptionPotter's wheel is invented in Sumer and helps to increase the efficiency of hand-powered pottery production
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Early Mesopotamian pottery was handmade, using a variety of techniques. The simplest method was to press a hollow into a ball of clay and smooth and thin its walls between thumb and fingers. Slabs of clay could be pressed together and used to build pots. Most commonly handmade pots were built up of coils or rings of clay. From the mid-fifth millennium, pottery throughout Mesopotamia began to be made on the tournette (“slow-wheel” or turntable), a flat disc balanced on a pivot or spindleet into the ground, which could be turned by hand, speeding up the shaping and decorating of pots.