The earliest pottery ever discovered are from 6500 BC from nomadic tribes that traveled and journeyed across vast lands. These nomads/travelers would have valued the ability to carry and transport things like water or grain that otherwise would have been difficult if not impossible to move long distances without a pot to carry these things in.
Because these early pinch pots could only carry small amounts of water and food, the next stage in the history of pot making was coil pots.
People began to make their pinch
pots bigger by adding on coils of
clay to the rims of the pots.
Japan’s Jōmon people, who thrived from 10,000 to 300 BC, made distinctive pottery for boiling, steaming, and storing food. The pots were made with coils of clay and then decorated by rolling carved sticks, plant fibers, or braided cords over the outer surface.