Modern Uses For Ceramics
We commonly think of ceramics as art objects and decorations. But ceramics really are diverse pieces of multi-purpose material that are made from burning formed pieces of pottery. This shaped clay started out many years ago being hand-formed and was eventually made with a wheel to iron out any fingerprints or major imperfections.
Pottery Is For Everyone
by: Amy MetzWhen the word “pottery” is mentioned, the majority of people probably immediately envision a flowerpot. In fact, pottery encompasses an entire spectrum of utilitarian and decorative pieces - from as far back as any man remembers. Pottery is made from the most durable and practical materials and has been used in virtually every civilization that has existed in the past. Pottery will likely be found in every existence in the future.
Pottery generally falls into three main categories. Porous-bodied pottery consists of earthenware. Stoneware is a highly practical and widely manufactured type of pottery that can be used as everyday items or those you use on special occasions. Porcelain being the finer pottery was at one time exclusively used in wealthy families. Porous-bodied pottery is fired at a lesser degree of heat than the more glassy type pottery.
Pottery styles range from the highly decorative, and delicate to the thick, rugged, and utilitarian. Pottery covers well every point in between these two extremes with a huge array of manufacturers, each with their own unique and sometimes obviously distinct style.
American pottery manufacturers date back into the early 1800’s. Distinct fine bone china that has survived wars or natural disasters unscathed is a remarkable part of history. There are also some pottery manufacturers that were established more recently, yet are not any less impressive or consist of pieces that are in high demand. There has always been a diverse yet common thread running through the pottery communities. There is marvel that lends itself to anyone who takes the time to appreciate this diverse commonality.
Pottery is an entity all its own in the world of collectibles. The trends that transcend pottery are remarkable in that they ebb and flow like the waves at sea. Almost literally at any given moment a certain type of pottery is highly collectible while the next moment the trend swings toward another type of pottery or manufacturer thereof.
Trends also vary with designs and function ability. As it were cookie jars remain a highly collectible pottery item but the importance of McCoy’s cookies jars as compared to Roseville’s may vary greatly at any given time. .
When buying pottery it is best to buy what you like. This even holds true with any type of collecting you may wish to do for profit. The key to success or profitability being a major factor you must buy what you like. With trends being what they are you it is likely you might get stuck with a high priced item that seems absolutely hideous to you.
The beauty of pottery is the fact every household contains quite a few pieces. Collectible and rare pieces can be found in yard sales, estate sales and thrift shops too. As popular as pottery has fast become there are still individuals who are clueless as to what they have. When Great-Aunt Rose dies and all her belongings are shuffled out to the corner for a yard sale the possibilities are endless.
There are also many new pottery choices that are just as much fun to engage in. Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn have wonderful selections that will enhance any home in an eclectic or traditional manner. Purchasing the phenomenally new choices of pottery is made simple both online or in retail stores.
The fun and importance of pottery originates from the rare commonality and diversity pottery brings to all facets of past and present life. Hardly a person alive has not had pottery touch their lives in some manner. Perhaps there is a pottery piece you hold near and dear to you simply because of the story it tells.
About The Author
Amy Metz is the author of “Pottery Shopping: Price Comparison” Grab your free copy at http://www.potteryforyou.com.
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