The Instructions of Khety has this to say about the life of a potter in ancient Egypt:
"The potter is covered with earth, although his lifetime is still among the living. He burrows in the field more than swine to bake his cooking vessels. His clothes being stiff with mud, his head cloth consists only of rags, so that the air which comes forth from his burning furnace enters his nose. He operates a pestle with his feet with which he himself is pounded, penetrating the courtyard of every house and driving earth into every open place. "
- Ancient Egypt: a Social History, by Bruce G. Trigger (1983).
- A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, by Georges Perrot, Charles Chipiez
Image ID: 1505109 Ancient Egypt. [Egyptian pottery]. (ca. 1924-1933) NYPL Digital Gallery