Jomen pots are one of the world's earliest pots made during the ancient Japanese Jomon period, around 14,500 - 300 BCE. They are very distinctive due to their impressed decoration which resembles rope and is the origin of the word jomon, meaning 'cord pattern.'
Mrs Mellen brought some special clay with her and will be firing the finished pots in her kiln.
First she explained that it was important not to touch the clay too much or it would dry out. We started with a piece that looked a bit like a big chunk of chocolate:
The first task was to roll the clay into a ball shape...
Then, using thumbs, we made a depression in the middle and opened this out to make the bowl of the pot. It was important not to make the edges too thin.
We then attached this circle of clay to the top of our pots using a smoothing stroke of our thumbs which helped to join the two pieces of clay together and make them into one.
Once the lip of the pot was complete we decorated the pots using rope impressions and marks with a clay tool.