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Slip patterns for National Clay Week + Technique Tuesday from @josephsandpottery: The slip dots on these tumblers remind me of a childhood sweet: those candy dots that came rolled up on paper. Do you remember those? (Tumblers by @currywilkinson)
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Finally finished the full batch of @gamegrumps Pokémon Art ACADEMY figurines! Feels great to finally finish this project. All of these are based on artwork by @rubberninja and Barry Kramer from the fantastic Grumpcade series, and they are made using Fimo modelling clay!

Thank you so much to the Game Grumps, the @fyeahgamegrumps page for sharing my work, and errbody who’s followed me during this wacky project! I will be posting closeups of every figurine in waves of ten, following this post.

4,000 year old children's rattle beautifully crafted as bear cub's head: and it still rattles!

The remarkable discovery of one of the oldest toys in the world came from excavations at a Bronze Age settlement in modern-day Novosibrirsk region.

Inside it - and it remains sealed - are little stones ‘that make a jingling sound’, said Professor Vyacheslav Molodin, deputy head of Novosibirsk Institute of Archeology and Ethnography.

He told The Siberian Times: 'This is a clay rattle with a visible well-made handle - handy for a child to hold it. It was constructed by clay firing, it is hollow inside. There are little stones inside. We don’t know what kind of stones these are, but we will be doing an X-ray to find out. The rattle is still working.’

The exciting find at the Vengerovo-2 archaeological complex dates to the third millennium BC, making it between 3,800 and 4,000 years old. Might it even include the sculptor’s signature? Read more.

Previously unknown lines epic gilgamesh discovered cuneiform tablets

An Assyriologist at the University of London (UCL) has discovered that a stolen clay tablet inscribed with ancient cuneiform text that was recently acquired by a museum in Iraq, contains 20 previously unknown lines to the epic story of Gilgamesh, the oldest known epic poem and widely regarded as the first great work of literature ever created.  The discovery provides new details about Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, and Enkidu, a wild man created by the gods to rid Gilgamesh of his arrogance, as they travel to the Cedar Forest, home of the gods, to defeat the monstrous giant Humbaba.

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