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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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    Nicole Pottery
    1777 Watmaugh Rd, Sonoma, CA 95476
    For one-of-a-kind lavender and French pottery, look no further than Nicole Pottery. Contact us at (707) 343-9762 in Sonoma, CA, for more information about our unique egg cups.
    (707) 343-9726
    1200 Road A, Redwood Valley, CA 95470
    (707) 485-7667
    Hoyman-Browe Studio
    323 N Main St, Ukiah, CA 95482
    (707) 468-8835
    Architectural Ceramic Design
    586 School St, Cloverdale, CA 95425
    (707) 894-5714
    Premier Bath & Kitchen
    3201 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
    (707) 545-7191
    Calistoga Pottery
    1001 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga, CA 94515
    (707) 942-0216
    Absolute Statuary & Fountains Inc
    2227 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol, CA 95472
    (707) 823-5039
    Iron Village
    4135 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
    (707) 584-7131
    Willie Bird Turkeys
    5350 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
    (707) 545-2832
    Stony Point Ceramic Design
    2080 Llano Rd Ste 1b, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
    (707) 579-5567
    Pottery Studio
    632 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
    (707) 576-7102
    North Eagle
    6191 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95409
    (707) 573-9523
    NAPA Valley Collection The
    355 Lafata St Ste C, Saint Helena, CA 94574
    (707) 967-8167
    Village Pottery
    651 Main St, Red Bluff, CA 96080
    (530) 529-4478
    Willie Bird Turkeys
    4163 Willie Bird Way, Petaluma, CA 94954
    (707) 763-2684

    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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