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Sign: Susya - Potter’s Cave

Susya, Palestine
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On the sign:
מערת היוצר - Potter’s Cave

מערה זו שימשה את יוצר הכלים אשר שיווק את תוצרתו לקדר (מוכר הכלים).

תהליך היצור:
בתחילה נכרה הטין מקרקעית מעינות באיזור. לאחר מכן הושקע הטין בבריכות שיקוע שאפשרו את סינונו והפיכתו לחומר. בבית היוצר, הונח החומר על האבניים, כחומר גלם בידי היוצר. לאחר העיצוב על האבניים, עוטר הכלי! כורק וחופה, ולבסוף נצרף בכבשן בטמפרטורה של כ1000 מעלות. כלי חרס שימשו לאכילה, בישול, איחסון נוזלים ותוצרת חקלאית.

"הדבר אשר היה אל ירמיהו מאת ה’ לאמר, קום וירדת בית היוצר...וארד בית היוצר והנה הוא עשה מלאכה על האבנים" (ירמיהו יח’,ג)

This cave served the potter who then marketed his wares to the vessels seller.

The creation process: First, mud was mined from the bottom of local springs. It was then settled in precipitation pools, sifted and turned into workable material. In the potter’s cave ’studio’ he would lay the material on the potter’s wheel and fashion the particular vessel. It would then be decorated, polished and smoothed before being refined in a furnace heated to 1,000 degrees Celsius. Ceramic vessels were used for food, cooking and storing liquids and agricultural produce.

The word which came to Jeremiah from Hashem, saying, ’Arise and go down to the potter’s home... so I went to the potter’s home and behold, he was working on the potter’s wheel." (Jeremiah 18:5)

סמל אתר סוסיא - עיירה יהודית קדומה
The symbol of the site of Susya - an ancient Jewish town
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One of the exhibits at the archaeological site in Susya

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