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UNIKAT Polish pottery

What is UNIKAT Polish Pottery? And What Makes it Special?

Polish pottery is famous for being hand-made and hand-painted by skilled artisans. It is rare to find one piece that is exactly the same as the other, as each piece is a product of an individual artist. You may have heard of UNIKAT Polish pottery and wondered what it is. Here’s what you need to…

traditional boleslawiec pottery

What do Boleslawiec Pottery Marks Look Like?

Boleslawiec pottery marks are primarily used to identify the quality, company, and country of origin. They are usually located under the ceramics base providing a reliable means to tell authentic antique pieces. However, some marks are forgeries and you can’t easily distinguish them. This is because a good amount of time and effort is spent…

washing bisqueware

Washing Bisqueware – Is it a Waste of Time?

I’m in the habit of giving my bisque pottery a wipe down with a damp sponge before glazing.  But I recently read that some potters never wipe or wash down their bisque ware.  I wanted to know if I was wasting my time, so I looked into the pros and cons of washing bisqueware, and…

underglaze flaking

Underglaze Flaking, Cracking and Peeling – Top Solutions

I love using underglaze, and for the most part, I find it very versatile and reliable.  However, just occasionally, I have had an issue with underglaze flaking, cracking, and peeling.  So, I went on a mission to find out why this was happening, and this is what I have discovered… The most common cause of…

how to tell how old pottery is

How to Tell How Old Pottery Is – 5 Ways to Date Pottery

It is not always easy to tell how old pottery is. In fact, it requires years of practice and significant expertise to accurately guess the age of pottery by just looking at it. It is especially difficult to determine the age of very ancient pieces as they rarely have markings, unlike those made during and…

how to tell if your pottery is valuable

How to Know if My Pottery is Valuable – 6 Factors at Play

There are several reasons why you may want to know if your pottery is valuable and by how much. You could be looking to sell it, know the price needed for its insurance, settlement, probate, trust planning, or collection. Whatever the case, it is important to know the worth of your pottery. Different pieces of…

identify pottery without markings

How To Identify Pottery With No Markings

In theory, it is possible to identify pottery with no markings just by looking at it. But in reality, this is an almost impossible task. Pottery was often handmade, and every country and even region had its own distinctive style. Well-known artists like Picasso, and less well-known ones like Grueby, made their careers out of…

pottery quotes

100 Pottery Quotes – Inspired Quotes about Clay & Ceramics

Pottery, clay, and ceramics lend themselves well to a fancy well-crafted turn of phrase.  I love a good quote, so I decided to collect together some of the best pottery quotes I had come across.  I hope you find some inspiration or at least amusement from the 100 pottery quotes that follow. Pottery Quotes to…

used pottery wheel

Buying a Used Pottery Wheel – 14 Tips to Help Your Search

The best way to improve your wheel throwing skills is to practice every day.  Practicing every day is a lot easier if you have a pottery wheel at home.  And buying a used pottery wheel can be a great way to save yourself some money. Here are some top tips on buying the right used…

creamware pottery

What Is Creamware Pottery? – Its Origins, History, and Uses

Creamware is earthenware pottery made from a combination of white clay and calcined flint. It is marked by a distinct cream color and a pale lead glaze. Creamware originated from England in the mid to the second half of the eighteenth century and is also linked to countries such as France, Italy, and the Netherlands….

traditional polish pottery

What Is Traditional Polish Pottery? – And How is it Made?

Traditional Polish pottery is one of the oldest forms of folk art as it dates back thousands of years. It originates from a small region called Silesia, which is within the Polish village of Boleslawiec. For this reason, polish pottery is also referred to as Boleslawiec pottery. The beauty and functionality of Polish pottery make…

pottery wheel for beginners

Pottery Wheel for Beginners – 14 Tips on Buying a Wheel

Buying a pottery wheel is very exciting, but it can be scary too.  There are a lot of pottery wheels to choose from, and if you’re a beginner it can be hard to know which will suit you best.  So, which is the best pottery wheel for beginners? In this article, I will outline 14…