Hefneryn

A picture of a lady potter (Hefneryn) operating a foot driven potter’s wheel in the mid-1400’s. This picture comes from a Hapsburg Court playing card. Note that she is making the corrugated surface on the body of a German funnel necked stoneware jug of which was common in this period. She is probably using a bone to do this; perhaps a cow’s metapodial bone.

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2 Responses to Hefneryn

  1. Rosa says:

    What a terrific drawing! I’ve seen Japanese potters use those types of wheels, but I’ve never seen a European depiction of them, I always just assumed they were Asian.

  2. That’s beautiful, Hannah. It could have been drawn today.

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