Latin fictilismade of clayfromfictuspast participle offingereto molddheigh- in Indo-European roots
The exterior is richly and peculiarly ornamented, to show the progress of fictile art.
A graphic representation of the workshop of a Greek sculptor in bronze is given on a fictile vase in the Berlin Museum (see Gerhard's Trinkschalen, plates xii., xiii.).
I had read of the potter's clay and wheel in Scripture, but it had never occurred to me that the pots we use were not such as had come down unbroken from those days, or grown on trees like gourds somewhere, and I was pleased to hear that so fictile an art was ever practiced in my neighborhood.