Aboriginal Hand Painted Boxed Emu Egg
History of the Emu Eggs.
These eggs are gathered as a food source for the Aboriginal people. They are also used as water carriers for long journeys. As food, they were usually put amongst the hot embers, cooked in their shell, broken open and eaten. Carving a fragile egg is an intricate and delicate art requiring great skill. Emu eggs are a dark flecked green colour, as the Carver takes away each layer, seven in all, to reveal varied colours of the inner shell.
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Pottery is made by forming a clay body into objects of a required shape and heating them to high temperatures in a kiln which remove all the water from the clay, which induces reactions that lead to permanent changes including increasing their strength and hardening and setting their shape. A clay body can be decorated before or after firing. Before some shaping processes, clay must be prepared. Kneading helps to ensure an even moisture content throughout the body. Air trapped within the clay body needs to be removed. This is called de-airing and can be accomplished by a machine called a vacuum pug or manually by wedging. Wedging can also help produce an even moisture content. Once a clay body has been kneaded and de-aired or wedged, it is shaped by a variety of techniques. After shaping it is dried and then fired.