Earthenware statuettes belong to this period, and a vessel (in the Louvre, Paris) with a long spout based on a copper prototype is the ancestor of many much later variations from this region in both pottery and metal.
By far the most sophisticated pottery of this epoch was made in Crete, contemporaneously with the first palaces at Knossos and Phaistos.
The finest ware (Middle Minoan II) is confined to these two royal capitals and to the ).
C̦atalhüyük, on the Anatolian Plateau of Turkey, revealed a variety of crude, soft earthenware estimated to be approximately 9,000 years old.
A more advanced variety of handmade pottery, hardfired and burnished, has proved to be as early as 6500 .
The presence of lead in the blue glazes derived from copper suggests that the lead may have been added deliberately as a flux, and that this glazing technique, like that of tin-glazing, subsequently was forgotten—to be recovered only at a much later date.