All pottery offers clues as to its identification. Many pottery items include the manufacturing company or potter's mark on the bottom. Various websites such as Kovels offer lists of pottery marks through which owners can compare and identify their pottery. Such marks typically come in two forms:
The weight of the item also offers clues as to its origins. Many early- to mid-20th century items of American pottery weigh more than items made in other countries during the same period.
Clay type and glaze is another way to identify pottery. Typing pottery involves three areas of classification:
In addition to understanding the physical attributes of the pottery item, typing also offers information about when and where the item was made, what the item's purpose was and the approximate value of the item.Learn more about Pottery & Ceramics