When I was pondering the possibility of making fired ceramic arrowheads the other day, the thought occurred to me that natural ceramics might be able to be used to create tools and technologies not generally considered to be “Stone Age”. Intricate parts might be able to be made from clay by skilled craftspeople, and clay would probably be usable as a material for making pipes for some plumbing and stuff. I know some water filters are now being made with ceramic filtration elements, a process that sounds easy enough. Obviously it has its limitations like any material, and different types of clay have different properties.
I’m mostly excited about the prospect of using fired (and maybe glazed) ceramic pipes for plumbing, and perhaps being able to make some parts of an air-powered hunting rifle out of particularly tough ceramics. I bet we can come up with some great and inventive ways to use clay.