It is not really known when the potter’s wheel first came into use, but people have suggested dates between about 6,000 BC to about 2,400 BC. Modern thinkers declare it was first developed in Mesopotamia, although Egypt and China have also been claimed as possible places of origin. The discovery of a stone potter’s wheel found at the Mesopotamian city of Ur in modern-day Iraq has been dated to about 3,000 BC.
By the iron age the potter’s wheel was in common use throughout the UK. With the industrial revolution the potter’s wheel was brought up to date by adding an external drive, speeding up production of pottery, and leading to the development of the modern potter’s wheel we know and love today.