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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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    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
    Treasures of Morocco
    1655 Central Avenue, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
    Contact Treasures of Morocco in Saint Petersburg, FL, to purchase beautiful Moroccan furniture, home accessories, jewelry, and clothing. Contact Treasures of Morocco in Saint Petersburg, FL, to purcha
    (727) 894-2422
    Ken Shields Pottery
    5341 Rio Vista St, Sarasota, FL 34232
    Fill your home with beautiful handmade creations when you order my porcelain pottery. Contact me in Sarasota, FL, to learn more about my available selection.
    (941) 203-7910
    Brooke Pottery
    223 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801
    (863) 688-6844
    B J Pottery Outlet
    2229 Us Highway 92 E, Lakeland, FL 33801
    (863) 666-2009
    Tea Largo Beverage Co
    1606 Town Center Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803
    (863) 688-6816
    Picassoz Art Cafe
    1614 Town Center Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803
    (863) 688-6545
    Tea Largo Beverage Co
    1614 Town Center Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803
    (863) 688-6816
    Coupon Cutters CO
    Lakeland, FL 33811
    (863) 660-9985
    Goldleaf Creative Arts
    4903 Us Highway 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809
    (863) 853-4779
    Bestest Revelation Inc
    30 Broadway, Kissimmee, FL 34741
    (407) 932-2529
    You DO The Dishes
    15357 Amberly Dr, Tampa, FL 33647
    (813) 975-1700
    Old Time Pottery
    10087 E Adamo Dr, Tampa, FL 33619
    (813) 627-8632
    Le Creuset at Orlando Premium Outlets - Internatio
    4963 International Dr Spc 2c-19, Orlando, FL 32819
    (407) 226-9033
    San Antonio Pottery
    11903 Curley St, San Antonio, FL 33576
    (352) 588-4228

    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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