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Art Pottery

Pottery is one of humankind's oldest inventions. Considered utilitarian artwork, pottery may be divided into 3 major types: stoneware, earthenware, and porcelain. Pottery is created by forming a ceramic base into the desired shape and heating it to high temperatures in a kiln, which strengthens and preserves the piece, making it a lasting object of beauty.

What are some objects that are made of pottery?

The array of items that art pottery has been used for throughout history includes platters, chalices, teapots, candle holders, tiles, sake cups, vases, figurines, and dinner services among many others.

What types of pottery may be used?

Pottery is used for serving food and beverages, used for conducting ceremonies, employed as storage, and collected and displayed as artwork. A brief overview of some of the types of pieces available include the following selections:

  • Studio/Handcrafted Pottery
  • American Bisque
  • Blue Mountain
  • Catalina
  • Delft
  • Majolica
  • Weller
  • Staffordshire
What time periods do collections cover?

There is a treasure trove of work available to suit any taste, decor, or collection. Here are some of the periods from which work is available:

  • Antique Original
  • Antique Reproduction
  • Vintage Original
  • Vintage Reproduction
  • Contemporary Reproduction
  • Contemporary Original
What are some common colors for art pottery?

The techniques of decorating the work can include glazes, underglazes, slips, and oxide stains. Some pottery utilizes a base color with beautiful decorative elements included in the design of the piece. If you are collecting or decorating and seeking to work with a color scheme, some of the predominant colors you may find include the following:

  • Beige
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Clear
  • Gold
  • Grey
  • Green
What is American Art Pottery?

American Art Pottery refers to hand-crafted stoneware and earthenware ceramics that were created between the years 1870 and 1930. What makes American Art Pottery distinctive is that it values and exhibits original designs, elegant, simple shapes, and pure glazes and painting.

How can you discern if a piece is a genuine Newcomb?

Newcomb Pottery is part of the American Arts & Crafts movement. The school's pottery program in New Orleans, Louisiana, was established to teach women liberal arts. Women decorated the pots, often inspired by the natural beauty found in Louisiana's lush wildlife with high glazes dominated by the colors green, blue, pink, and yellow. You can tell if a pot is authentic by checking for an "N" nestled inside of a "C", along with the ciphers for the potter, decorator, and often the year that it was created.

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