Thursday, October 30, 2008

Is it Hand Thrown Pottery, Hand Built or Handthrown or Handbuilt?

We get a lot of traffic from consumers looking for hand built (handbuilt) or hand thrown (handthrown depending on your publishing style) pottery. Truthfully, there seems to be a dearth of good pottery online. I think it is because potters, more than other artists seem to be more "earthy" if you'll pardon the pun, and less inclined to use technology to market their work. I have long been a handmade pottery collector, and have even taken a course or two to create some of my own designs.

I think I've shared with readers before, but one of my daughters, as a teenage asked me to take a pottery course with her. It was one of the most rewarding times as the mother of a teen I could have.

I discovered through that experience that I loved working with clay to create "hand built" pottery, but would probably never be any good at the wheel, or "hand thrown" pottery.

Hand made pottery of any kinds, whether it is thrown, raku, hand built, Majorca or even porcelain makes a wonderful gift because of its personal nature. You can often see subtle signs of human interaction with the clay, just like in a painting you can often see distinctive brush marks made by the artist.

We hope you enjoy perusing our pages for pottery!--Ruth Mitchell

Above left: "Faceted Cream and Sugar" by Allan Buitekant
Above right: "Organic Cap Jar" by Gina Skillings

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