During the monarchy, especially in the 8th century, there appears to be a standardization of the forms of Hebrew ware. This may be partly due to use of a set of measurements. But more likely, this regularity results from improvements in production methods, perhaps the establishment of factories and guilds. Many dishes were burnished while turning on the wheel. Some of the “Samaria and Petra ware” were very thin and decorated with bands of red slip (finer quality of clay used as a paint or dip before firing large storage jars were often stamped with the name of the town where is was manufactured, E.G., Hebron, Siph, etc.).
biblical archaeology, Hebrew pottery, potsherds, red slip