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Common Pottery Terms

Pottery refers to the process of making ceramic household items, like dinnerware, as well as more luxurious items, like teapots and vases, out of clay. Clay is a natural material found in the earth that contains a good deal of water moisture. While still wet, the clay resembles mud and in this stage can be shaped using a variety of pottery tools. Once the shape is complete, the clay will be fired in a kiln, which removes all moisture and allows the clay to become hard. Making pottery is a very involved process and some of the terms are listed below.

  • Ceramics – This word comes from the Greek keramikos which translates to of pottery. Earthenware clays were the earliest type of ceramics, but this group also includes stoneware, porcelain and bone china. Ceramics classes are often taught at art centers, giving beginners and intermediate students an outlet to make their own pieces of ceramic artwork out of clay.
  • Porcelain – A type of ceramic mix that is white. Porcelain is often used to make fine dinnerware and tea services like teapots. The finished product is usually adorned with paint.
  • Potters Wheel – A common pottery tool that is used to shape objects. The clay is placed in the center and then spun around while it is being shaped by hand. This process is also called throwing.
  • Potter's Mark – The term used for the stamp, or mark, that an artist gives their product. It is usually a unique symbol limited to a particular artist or pottery house. Outlet stores usually sell a particular mark.
  • Glaze – A special type of paint that is used for ceramics to give them a brilliant sheen of color. The glaze has to be applied after the clay has been fired in the kiln.
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    Fancy Crafts & Granny Hollow Pottery
    217 S Green St, Wadesboro, NC 28170
    We are a charming pottery studio and gift shop that offers handmade pottery that is both beautiful and functional. We also sell woodcarvings, pottery sculptures, flower planters and a wide variety of home decor items.
    (704) 694-2625
    Wink Pottery & Gifts
    1241 Celebration Blvd, Florence, SC 29501
    (843) 662-0822
    Sandhills Pottery
    25410 Hwy 151, Mc Bee, SC 29101
    (843) 335-5807
    Prestage Farms Inc
    1889 Highway 1 N, Cassatt, SC 29032
    (803) 432-6396
    The Smiling Face Pottery Place
    825 Elm St, Aynor, SC 29511
    (843) 358-1397
    Potter's Hand The
    938 Broad St, Camden, SC 29020
    (803) 424-1120
    Harry The Potter
    4007 Belle Terre Blvd Unit B, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
    (843) 903-0773
    Perks and Pottery LLC
    4007 Belle Terre Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
    (843) 236-3009
    Old Time Pottery
    1870 Highway 17 N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
    (843) 238-0930
    Beaumont Brothers Pottery
    4551 Highway 17 Byp S, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
    (843) 293-2459
    Nutz About Pottery
    640 Highway 17 S Ste A, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
    (843) 232-1212
    Old Time Pottery
    1870 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
    (843) 238-0919
    Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
    145 Ampersand Dr, Aberdeen, NC 28315
    (910) 235-0605
    Mad Platter
    3101 Millwood Ave, Columbia, SC 29205
    (803) 771-8080
    Portfolio Art Gallery
    2007 Devine St, Columbia, SC 29205
    (803) 256-2434


    Pottery can include a wide variety of products such as handmade bowls, ceramic plates, vases, teapots, and stoneware. Some of the earliest known pieces of pottery were figurines and bowls. Today many potters focus on dinnerware, dishes, plates, and vases that combine artistic shaping techniques with decorative colors. Not all potters make their dinnerware, stoneware, and porcelain vases with the same techniques. Some, for instance, only make handmade items. They shape the clay objects by hand on a wheel, add a glaze, and then fire it in a hot kiln. Other companies use mechanized processes to create their products. These pieces of pottery tend to cost less than those made by hand, but many people prefer plates, dishes, and accessories made by highly trained artisans. Many stores also focus on different types of pottery products. Gardening stores for instance, will usually have clay pots, but very few of them will keep antique vases and dishes in stock. Instead, consumers should find antique stores that focus on platters, teapots, vases, and other decorative items that have been discontinued. You can learn more about the pottery companies and artisans that work in your area by using a popular search engine to find their websites. Many professional potters invite customers to come to their studios, where they can watch ceramics being made by hand with a turntable and kiln. This gives individuals and groups the opportunity to learn more about making these products and gives them access to unique designs that they cannot buy anywhere else.
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