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I want to know who made my vase. How do I do that?

I bought a vase at a thrift store today (pics of the vase and the marks on the bottom are here). I'd love to know who made it, but I don't even know what to Google. [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Aug 21, 2014 - 3 answers

The Tech Tree from Civilization is just not detailed enough

I'm looking for a technology tree for the early early history of human technology. I want one that is detailed but it doesn't need to go any further than the Classical age. Do you know of any resources on-line or have any book recommendations that would give me a good part of what I need? [more inside]
posted by Jane the Brown on Jun 8, 2014 - 3 answers

What is this clay, bowl-like object?

While visiting a friend the other day, he showed me a very strange clay bowl. The bowl came with the house, which he rents. The owner does not know/recall the purpose of the bowl, nor have any guests been able to produce a convincing answer. More details and a drawing follow. [more inside]
posted by cobro on Jun 6, 2014 - 16 answers

Interesting Pottery Jug But What is It?

I need your help ID'ing this piece of pottery. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Jan 28, 2014 - 7 answers

$50 at Pottery Barn?

Received a $50 gift card to Pottery Barn. What's the most useful thing I can buy from there in this approximate price range?
posted by corn_bread on Oct 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Zoom! Enhance!

What does this say? Trying to make out the characters in the second line of text here: Stoneware Jar. Also, is there a third line?
posted by cjorgensen on Oct 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Caribe coffee cups without handle

Help me replace my mother's beloved Puerto Rican coffee cups. [more inside]
posted by Bektashi on Apr 28, 2013 - 13 answers

I have the world's largest collection of WEG Pottery, but who was WEG?

I have a pretty big collection of mod pottery that is all marked WEG. Cake plates, espresso cups, martini pitchers, vases, beatniks smoking on little dishes, horses running around mugs, it's all there. I have been to antiques roadshow, asked a million ebay sellers about the different stories they use to sell it, grilled antique dealers, and more and have not been able to track down the mysterious WEG. See flickr set here. [more inside]
posted by katinka-katinka on Apr 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Identify this!

Can you help me identify and replace a smashed up clay figurine? [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin on Nov 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Help Me Get My DIY On In The Bay

I just moved back to the Bay Area and am trying to get my DIY on again. Please recommend resources and spaces for ceramics, knitting, and sewing lessons/classes/circles in the East Bay or SF. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Aug 23, 2012 - 9 answers

*insert witty title here*

Can anyone help a glazing (pottery, not cinnamon buns) newbie find or formulate a glaze recipe that will match our existing dishes? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Aug 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Cone of mystery

Ceramicsfilter: I am looking at buying an older kiln off Craigslist, but no one can seem to figure out what cone this thing can fire to. i know this is a long shot, but my Google-Fu is letting me down big time on this one. [more inside]
posted by couchtater on Jun 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Demitasse cups with coast live oak images

I am looking for demitasse cups with an image of a coast live oak--full tree, leaves, or acorns would all be fine, either stylized or realistic. Failing that, other awesome demitasse/Turkish coffee/espresso cups? [more inside]
posted by min on Mar 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Creativity Zapped

How do I get my artistic inspiration/mojo back? I have 3 primary artistic outlets: pottery, photography/videography and writing (primarily about my travels and linked to the photography. I seem to be crap at all of them and can't get back in the zone. [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Feb 19, 2012 - 12 answers

Help identify Oriental vase (Satsuma?)

Please help me identify a vase my MIL bought. She was told it's Satsuma. [more inside]
posted by wrm on Dec 22, 2011 - 1 answer

Can I save this cracked coffee mug?

I dropped a handmade coffee mug and it cracked but did not shatter. Can it be saved? [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Sep 30, 2011 - 4 answers

Pottery is made in a pottery. What else is made in its namesake? Is there a name for this?

Pottery is made in a pottery. What else is made in its namesake? Is there a name for this? [more inside]
posted by lukeo05 on Sep 22, 2011 - 31 answers

If I try out and / or break an item in a store in the UK, am I in any way legally obliged to buy it?

If I try out and / or break an item in a store in the UK, am I in any way legally obliged to buy it? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Sep 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Looking for ceramics classes in San Francisco

I am looking for suggestions or recommendations on beginners pottery classes in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by CTORourke on Aug 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Liquidating small vintage items

What antique stores/dealers in Austin might be interested in buying vintage kitchenware such as Pyrex, and various small pieces of American art pottery (Roseville, Sascha B, Van Briggle, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by xenophile on Apr 22, 2011 - 3 answers

Mystery Vase Squad Activate!

Mystery Pottery Filter: Does anyone recognize this maker's mark? [more inside]
posted by nulledge on Mar 27, 2011 - 4 answers

Best birthday gift for a hobbyist potter?

Gift suggestions for the hobbyist potter (ceramics)? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Oct 6, 2010 - 10 answers

Beyond pinch pots

What are some practical or unique things I can make during pottery class? [more inside]
posted by belau on Oct 3, 2010 - 26 answers

What's the best way to sell vintage stuff?

I would like to start selling vintage goods (kitchenware, art pottery, etc.) online and am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by xenophile on Sep 15, 2010 - 5 answers

Pottery for Dummies

ISO basic ceramics/pottery textbook/handbook. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough on Aug 18, 2010 - 4 answers

Kilns for hire in San Diego?

Where can I glaze and fire my pottery in San Diego? [more inside]
posted by notnathan on May 15, 2010 - 5 answers

So, what can you tell me about this Fulper piece?

Can anyone tell me about this piece of Fulper Pottery. And, yes, I'm curious about price and history. I picked it up at a thrift store today. Picture 1 Picture 2 Picture 3. [more inside]
posted by toddst on May 13, 2010 - 2 answers

Raku Pottery Question. Is it okay to stop the kiln and remove pieces that are done, and then restart the kiln to finish the other pieces?

Raku Pottery Question. Is it okay to stop the kiln and remove pieces that are done, and then restart the kiln to finish the other pieces? [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar on Apr 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Where can I make my own mug?

Is there a pottery studio in NJ where I can go to make a mug instead of just paint it? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions on Apr 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me find more of this pottery

What is the name of this Korean pottery design? Where can I buy it? [more inside]
posted by SueDenim on Feb 4, 2010 - 2 answers

repair a broken ceramic cup?

Help me repair a broken ceramic cup? [more inside]
posted by jammy on Feb 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Noodle/Pho Bowls? Where To Find?

Where can I find LARGE pho or noodle soup bowls? I mean the ones that they use to serve the stuff in authentic noodle shops/pho shops? I've looked everywhere - including my local asian grocers and restaurant supply stores. All they have are 28oz bowls or little bowls with chopstick holders. I'm looking for a bowl big enough for 2 or more people -- but NOT a salad bowl. I'm located in Northern NJ.
posted by starsixnine00 on Dec 29, 2009 - 7 answers

What graveyard bowl to buy my mother

I need a bowl for the remains of eaten food. My late grandfather used the term "Camposanto," meaning "graveyard" (Italian?), for the bowl into which you'd throw the shells or bones of animals you've just eaten (mussels, ribs etc). I want to get his daughter, my mom, a bowl that would live up to the name; something with crosses, or graves, or "in loving memory," or even better something with skeletons (especially of fish) on it, something ghostly (ghastly) or something equally pithy on it. Big enough for about 30+ mussel shells on it, and preferably something not too earnest. Perhaps something like this or this (but preferably bigger). [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Dec 23, 2009 - 10 answers

American Indian Pottery and Glazing

What did American Indians use to glaze and paint their pottery and clay sculptures? Recipes or good links to such would be awesome. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Sep 21, 2009 - 10 answers

I want to be hairy Potter.

Where can I rent time on a potter's wheel in Los Angeles next week? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Jul 4, 2009 - 2 answers

Going slightly potty!

Looking to take my fiancee to a pottery class and some glass-blowing in/near Manchester UK - any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by SRMorris on May 13, 2009 - 2 answers

Crackling coffee

I bought two hand-painted ceramic mugs that appear to have been glazed. When I put my first cup of (very hot) coffee in one of them, I heard a faint crackling sound. The coffee also smelled a bit chemically. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on Feb 17, 2009 - 11 answers

Dream up the coolest pottery studio

What would your dream pottery studio look like? Not one you'd build in your garage but a cool, full-service studio. Would it have... [more inside]
posted by lois1950 on Nov 25, 2008 - 5 answers

Pottery in NYC?

Does anyone know of any cheap-ish pottery classes in NYC for the summer? I'm a beginner, but I would be fine with some kind of open studio deal as well. I'll be living in Williamsburg and working in Harlem, so extra points if it's located near either of those two places.
posted by kookaburra on May 11, 2008 - 3 answers

I hate naming!

I am involved in branding a "company" that has a casino, theater and hotel as part of its assets. Part of the brand development is naming. The company is located in Northern New Mexico (Espanola – which, I've been informed is a leading provide of Black tar heroin!). Anyway, I'm looking for recommendations for reference books or even novels that focus on that area/culture and might spark some inspiration for names. The "company" is actually a Native American tribe or Pubelo that is known for its Black pottery.
posted by pmaxwell on Mar 14, 2008 - 7 answers

Recommendations for buying a potter's wheel?

I would like to buy my girlfriend a potter's wheel for her birthday, but don't really know anything about where to look, what to look for, or the price I can expect to pay. Any suggestions or recommendations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 21, 2008 - 13 answers

Toronto Pottery Throw-Down

Recommendations for good pottery/ceramics courses in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher on Jan 14, 2008 - 3 answers

What are those model heads called?

i want to buy one of those heads made out of pottery that show different bits of the brain; i can't for the life of me find out what they're called, but you see them on telly in doctor's surgeries and they look mighty fine. anyone got any ideas what they're called, despite my rather lame description?
posted by CliveDallas on Aug 26, 2007 - 8 answers

PotteryFilter: Incomplete gas kiln firing

My father, a potter in Massachusetts, has been firing his Olympic DD17 natural gas-fired downdraft kiln with good results for several years. Recently, it's begun to cut out half way through the firing process. [more inside]
posted by Pantengliopoli on Jul 31, 2007 - 2 answers

cleaning mineral deposits out of a possible valuable vase

My mother needs to clean what appears to be hard water mineral deposits from an old Van Briggle vase without damaging it. Vinegar? [more inside]
posted by dozo on Dec 19, 2006 - 6 answers

Books about craftsmanship?

I'm interested in reading about craftsmanship, in the sense of attention to detail and finish as it relates to the overall success of a project. My specific project is ceramics, and so books (and suggestions) about pottery would be really appreciated, but I'm interested in other disciplines as well. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jun 28, 2006 - 11 answers

Looking for stuff to make my place nicer...

Emerging artists... who are your picks of relatively, virtually, or literally (but for you, I suppose) unknown artists who create things I can put in my home (ie, not filmmakers/animators/writers/comic writers, etc.), such as paintings, pottery, furniture, photographs, etc? Criteria inside... [more inside]
posted by Manhasset on Mar 29, 2006 - 26 answers

Where do I buy a wavy cheese cutter?

Does anyone know where one could buy a "wavy" cheese cutter? [more inside]
posted by cdcello on Nov 21, 2005 - 6 answers

What is this rare archeology book worth?

I recently came into possession of a book called Archeology of the Florida Gulf Coast by Gordon R. Willey with a copyright of 1949. I would like to know what it's worth. It is in good condition - not great, but good. Googling allowed me to find a reprint edition from 1973 priced at $85.00, but I can't find the value of an original 1949 copy. [more inside]
posted by wsg on Nov 5, 2005 - 6 answers

Leaded or Unleaded?

Lead-GlazeFilter: I just bought a nice bowl at a Japanese market. It was made in Japan. Is there lead in the glaze? Is it safe to eat from? If it had been made in China, what then? Is this an issue of individual bowls or of country regulations? I know in the US there are laws against lead leaching glazes.
posted by OmieWise on Jun 30, 2005 - 8 answers

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