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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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    Pottery By Chuck Davis
    14928 Janine Dr., Whittier, CA 90605
    Make and sell ceramic pottery, art, bowls and vases using various techniques and glazes. We use clay to make unique earthenware, all at a home studio. Our pottery is top of the line.
    (562) 696-1493
    Alpine Rock & Block
    13288 Highway 8 Business, El Cajon, CA 92021
    Alpine Rock & Block was established in 1989 in Alpine, serving all over san diego, CA with over 20 years experience.
    (619) 561-6003
    Clay Studio
    406 E 1st Street, Unit B, Long Beach, CA 90802
    Full service pottery studio with wheels and a kiln, for either hand building or wheel throwing. We offer new classes, workshops, memberships, paint your own pottery, and group parties.
    (562) 495-4362
    Old Town Pots N Things
    42061 Main St, Temecula, CA 92590
    (951) 676-3370
    Macy's
    40780 Winchester Rd, Temecula, CA 92591
    (951) 541-3333
    Contemporary Pottery
    571 Crane St, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
    (951) 471-8919
    Pottery Court
    295 W Sumner Ave Ofc, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
    (951) 471-8899
    Earth Accents
    31761 Camino Capistrano Ste 5, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    (949) 240-2470
    Hernandez Leonila
    24191 Juniper Springs Rd, Homeland, CA 92548
    (951) 926-3068
    All Fired Up! Ceramics
    483 W Esplanade Ave, Hemet, CA 92543
    (951) 654-9757
    Pottery Yard The
    45271 State Highway 74, Hemet, CA 92544
    (951) 927-2768
    San Diego Cutlery
    1786 Corta Cresta, Oceanside, CA 92056
    (760) 696-6708
    El Corral Pottery
    3040 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008
    (760) 729-1328
    Carrillo Pottery
    4915 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008
    (760) 730-3430
    Le Creuset at Carlsbad Premium Outlets
    5600 Paseo Del Norte Ste 125, Carlsbad, CA 92008
    (760) 931-6868


    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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