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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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    Fine Pueblo Pottery
    N/A, Pleasanton, CA 94588
    Contact Fine Pueblo Pottery at (844) 510-3663 in Pleasanton, CA, for more information on Native American pottery.
    (925) 462-5794
    Black Leopard Clayware
    2213 Radio Ave., San Jose, CA 95125
    Makers of handmade art tile and other fine ceramic products. Classes and workshops plus restoration services available, too.
    (408) 448-4597
    Pottery Boy
    8700 Boston Ivy Pl, Elk Grove, CA 95624
    At Pottery Boy, we pride ourselves in our quality ceramics. Contact us Elk Grove, CA, for more about our inventory.
    (531) 333-4434
    Montes Imports
    128 Maze Blvd, Modesto, CA 95351
    (209) 522-7761
    Glass Pottery Plastic & Allied Workers Union
    205 S Santa Cruz Ave, Modesto, CA 95354
    (209) 524-3088
    Esperanza's Everlasting
    2906 Patterson Rd, Riverbank, CA 95367
    (209) 869-5360
    New Stockton Poultry Mkt Inc
    302 S San Joaquin St, Stockton, CA 95203
    (209) 466-1952
    The Mud Mill
    115 S School St Ste 1, Lodi, CA 95240
    (209) 365-9900
    Diestel Turkey Ranch
    22200 Lyons Bald Mountain Rd, Sonora, CA 95370
    (209) 532-4950
    Quyle Kilns
    3353 E Highway 4, Murphys, CA 95247
    (209) 728-3562
    Full Circle Trading Company
    15 Main St, Jackson, CA 95642
    (209) 223-1214
    Omaha Prime
    2520 Seaboard Ave, San Jose, CA 95131
    (408) 954-8622
    Paradise Art & Garden
    1490 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95126
    (408) 885-1773
    Le Creuset at Gilroy Premium Outlets
    8225 Arroyo Cir Ste 24, Gilroy, CA 95020
    (408) 848-6619
    Gallery 10 LLC
    15 Eureka St Ste B, Sutter Creek, CA 95685
    (209) 267-0203

    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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