Handmade pottery is a beautiful choice for home accents. It provides a natural and organic look to any space, and it's so versatile that you can get creative and find many uses for it. By understanding the materials and aesthetics of handmade pottery you will be able to select, maintain and enjoy it, especially if you are planning to collect pieces for display. Here are 5 things that you should be aware of:
1 - Clay Material
The handmade pottery is most likely made from clay. Potters either dig up the clay from deposits or mix clays together to create the pottery. Mixing clay from different countries can produce a higher quality product. Many potters provide information about where they get their clay from, and when looking to purchase pottery, it's a good idea to find out.
2 - Throwing Method
If you've wondered how potters progress from the clay in the ground to the piece you're admiring, it's by the throwing method. The potter takes slabs of clay and puts in on a spinning wheel. As the wheel spins, the potter shapes the pottery and adds more clay as needed. He may use a few tools in the process to get a specific shape and design. Some potters enjoy producing a unique piece of handmade pottery each time, and do the entire process free style. If you're looking for a piece that is one of a kind, you should find out how the potter utilizes the throwing method.
3 - Pottery as Collectibles
Handmade pottery makes great collectibles, and you shouldn't hesitate to add them to your display cases or fireplace mantle. You should even consider displaying dishes and mugs that you could use daily, but have such a unique quality that they would make excellent decorative pieces. For example, some homeowners display handmade potter plates, the same way they would fine china. You can also use it as a centerpiece on an end table or coffee table.
4 - Hand Painted Pottery
The value and price of handmade pottery is higher when it's hand painted. A potter may use the throwing method to produce the pottery, and then paint it. After it's painted, the potter often applies a glaze and uses fire to seal it in. It's hard to find two exact pieces that are hand painted, because the potter or artist doing the painting is not a machine. You're bound to end up with something special, which is why it may also cost you more.
5 - Flaws Affect Value
Whether you're purchasing a piece of handmade pottery as a collectible or if you just don't want to overpay for it, you have to check it for flaws. Seed bubbles that appear through a piece is a type of flaw that lowers the value of the piece. It may also affect your ability to use it as a decorative piece. When buying handmade pottery online, be sure to research the potter's return policy and ask about any flaws present in the pieces.
The Internet has made it possible to buy handmade pottery that best matches the room you want to decorate. Check Etsy at www.etsy.com and similar websites that connect potters to consumers.