Gender Roles in Traditional Pottery Production

Open Access
Rothenberger, Elizabeth Anne
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Claire M Milner, Thesis Supervisor
  • Timothy Michael Ryan, Honors Advisor
  • gender
  • pottery
Throughout the world, traditional pottery production is shaped by the gender roles of each culture. In many cultures, women play a dominant role in the production of pottery; in other cultures, men and women work side by side to produce, fire, and decorate traditional pottery. The intersection of gender and craft production helps us to understand how roles change with modernization and other societal changes. This paper will use several case studies from across the globe to explore the role of indigenous men and women in pottery production, including the circumstances under which their roles change or stay consistent.