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Pottery over 3,500 years old has been found, with recognizable food scraps still in it. I suspect modern pottery will last a good long while. It's basically a rock if fully vitrified, and rocks can last millions and millions of years.

Remember to wash the food out of your pottery before you throw it out.

TJR.

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Man has not been keeping records as long as pottery will last.

As far as Backup-the chinese porcelains are still looking new from long ago.

The ancient Greek urns out of lesser clays are still around as well.

What all this means is your work that is fired should be top notch as it will outlive you by a long shot.

Mark

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since we essentially duplicate the process of forming rocks, all of our ceramics is permanent and will be here until it melts again with some great force of energy.  maybe some sort of ultra hot explosion from warfare, volcano or lava flow, or perhaps heat from asteroid colliding with Earth.  with that said, there is a lot of terrible ceramics out there that will be here forever.

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AGH...my terracotta just got called a "lesser clay!" Uff...we were mighty warriors who protected an emperor! :D Whoever heard of the " Porcelain Army?" :D

....toilets are made of porcelain. ;)

My pottery will LAST FOREVAR

Guinea pots are IMMORTAL!

(Unless they break. Or the kiln eats them...or a goat.)

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Simply put, I used to tell my students that pottery shards are found all over the world that are at least 2000 years old, so their stuff would be in a future archeological dig and probably stored iin some museum basement because they couldn't figure out what to do with it!

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On 1/9/2015 at 5:05 PM, Mark C. said:

Man has not been keeping records as long as pottery will last.

As far as Backup-the chinese porcelains are still looking new from long ago.

The ancient Greek urns out of lesser clays are still around as well.

What all this means is your work that is fired should be top notch as it will outlive you by a long shot.

Mark

My favorite response. Now I shall move on to figuring out how to make these amateur pieces look top notch. 

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Here's what I assume.  They'll last longer than anyone will care or remember me, which is long enough by far.  

As soon as I die, I am gone forever, and as soon as everyone I know is dead, the memory of me and my pots will no longer hold any meaningful significance.  So who cares.

 

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Looks like little risk for lifetime guarantee from disintegration. Making pottery last takes little skill as it just does Relative to human life. Making and crafting something carefully and specially is unique  to the crafts person which can be everlasting unto itself.

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2 hours ago, liambesaw said:

Here's what I assume.  They'll last longer than anyone will care or remember me, which is long enough by far.  

As soon as I die, I am gone forever, and as soon as everyone I know is dead, the memory of me and my pots will no longer hold any meaningful significance.  So who cares.

 

Well not quite. The real deal is this. I was brefly in an empty waiting room (walked thru ) at an accupuncturist today . I took a cancelation from one who is simi retired last minute.I saw areally large nive water cooler in that waiting room and realixed I made it some decades ago. (I have not made one in so long I have no memory of when that may have been but you know your children.The thing is when your memory in others who all die the new people can and will still use your pots -they may have zero knowledge of who and where and why they where made but they will still like them and use and enjoy them

.Good pots are used and loved. Well beyond our short lives and those we know.

 

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Strictly speaking on definitions,  modern pottery can remain "modern" for only 100 year.  After that it would no more be modern pottery, but antuque pottery.   So, as I see it modern pottery lasts fot 100 year.  But, antique pottery ca last thousands........lol.....just thinking......maybe too much.

 

Jed

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On 1/9/2015 at 2:04 PM, bciskepottery said:

All I know is that mine will be around a lot longer than I will . . . so, if you adhere to the old saying about the importance of first impressions, make sure you reduce your seconds and discards to tiny shards and only your best work survives for future generations yet to come to find.

I would say the assumption behind this statement is that future cultures will not appreciate or value imperfections.  Every creator sets his own standards, so I'm not criticizing this viewpoint, only pointing out it's limitation.  You don't have to be a science fiction fan (although it might help) to imagine a world where handmade is no longer possible and replicators churn out perfection after perfection.  I can assure you within the lifespan of our work, the values of societies will change.  What was once trash soon becomes treasure.

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