I've got a fantasy setting set in a world based on the ancient near east ca 500 B.C. In it there are merfolk who have contact and trade with local humans.
The merfolk are physically more similar to Abe Sapien than Ariel, their upper bodies are also covered in scales, they are more piscine than mammalian and they have gills. They can stay out of water for up to 10 hours but have very limited mobility on land due to having a tail instead of legs.
Since creating stuff that you can use to carry other things inside is a very vital part of technology I want to know if merfolk would depend on humans for pottery and other things used as containers and vessels, or if they could make them on their own. If so, I would want to hear some ideas on how.
The reason I came to ask this question was actually because I had been thinking about how merfolk would deal with waste, and came to the conclusion that they would store it somewhere before dumping onto sea plants as fertilizer or throw it into a landfill to be eaten by fish and crustaceans domesticated for the purpose of waste disposal. But I'm not sure what material the container would be made of, and if the merfolk could produce it on their own.