Pottery is an Art
Potters spend years learning and perfecting their skill of making handmade pottery. The result is beautiful handmade pieces of pottery that everyone can love and enjoy. This handmade pottery is valuable and can be sold for a lot of money because of the time and effort that went into making it. Because of this, some people have started making fake pottery or pottery that is mass produced and sold as an handmade piece. To avoid spending money on a fake piece of pottery, here is how you can spot one.
Spotting a Fake
The easiest way to spot a fake is to pick it up and feel it. The bottom of handmade pottery with be unglazed. You will be able to see the natural clay. Before a piece of pottery is fired, it is dipped in a fast drying glaze. This glaze will stick to paints and will also stick to any equipment being used. Because of this, the bottom of the piece is wiped off and cleaned so the potter does not have to clean off their equipment. This area will be rough. Also, look on the edges of the piece. You should see imprints of the pincers the potter used to handle the piece. Though, if you do not see these imprints, it does not automatically mean that the piece is machine manufactured.
If you are a collector of pottery you know that research is very important in finding out whether or not a piece of pottery is handmade. Doing your research will tell you what the piece should look like, how it should feel, how heavy it should be, and other specific information about the piece. Research will also tell what label should be on the piece and what it will look like. Machines are very good at forging some of this information, but it is nearly impossible to create an exact replica of a piece of pottery.
When you are looking at a piece ask the seller information about it. Where did they get it from? How old is it? Sellers love to tell potential customers all about the pottery they have. They want to show you that they know they have a genuine, handmade piece of pottery and want you to know it. You can also find out if the piece of pottery is fake by looking at other items they sell. They could be selling all kinds of fakes right there in their store. Dig around and see what they have to offer.
Price will Tell
If you are considering dropping some serious cash on a piece of pottery, do your homework, ask around, and look at every detail of the piece, even the price. Price will normally tell you whether or not it is handmade pottery, but there are people that will try to scam you. If it is just a few bucks, it probably is not handmade. If it is a couple hundred, wait before you buy. Learn everything about the piece and determine for yourself whether or not the piece is worth purchasing and for that matter real.see more at http://www.collectorsweekly.com/art-pottery/overview/stories.
Purchasing handmade pottery can be a risky business, but if you follow this advice you will be able to spot a fake from a mile away.