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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 Monster
    2020 N Orange Avenue Suite A, Orlando, FL 32804
    Offering first quality hand painted stoneware. Each piece of pottery is meticulously hand crafted. Also offering unique European gifts and novelties. We are proud to feature the work of many local artists.
    (407) 730-5952
    Polish Pottery Inc
    3185 New York Ave Ste 13, Melbourne, FL 32934
    Hand crafted in Boleslawiec, Poland, we offer collectible Polish bake ware, mugs, table settings and more. Visit us today to find a piece of traditionally inspired pottery that we know you'll love.
    (321) 253-5195
    Polish Pottery Inc
    3185 New York Ave, Melbourne, FL 32934
    Hand crafted in Boleslawiec, Poland, we offer collectible Polish bake ware, mugs, table settings and more. Visit us today to find a piece of traditionally inspired pottery that we know you'll love.
    (321) 253-5195
    Bestest Revelation Inc
    30 Broadway, Kissimmee, FL 34741
    (407) 932-2529
    Le Creuset at Orlando Premium Outlets - Internatio
    4963 International Dr Spc 2c-19, Orlando, FL 32819
    (407) 226-9033
    Liberty Property Trust
    4 N Summerlin Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
    (407) 447-2787
    Palmer Feed Store
    912 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32805
    (407) 841-8924
    City of Orlando Recreation Division/Administration
    649 W Livingston St, Orlando, FL 32801
    (407) 246-3595
    Glazed Over
    3201 E Colonial Dr Ste M26, Orlando, FL 32803
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    Orlando Live Poultry
    2499 Regent St, Orlando, FL 32804
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    Garden Ridge
    11100 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32817
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    229 W Fairbanks Ave Ste A, Winter Park, FL 32789
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    Old Time Pottery
    11029 W Colonial Dr, Ocoee, FL 34761
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    Bennett's Pottery & Ceramic Supplies
    431 Enterprise St, Ocoee, FL 34761
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    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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