What do you look for when you buy ceramics? Most of us gravitate to the look of the piece – whether it be the type of glaze, the shape of the item, the colour palette. There are other things to consider, so here are my tips for what to look out for.
Check whether the ceramics are able to be put in the dishwasher, to make life easier. Of course, if you don’t have a dishwasher this is less important, but it’s a good sign of how robust the ceramics are.
How sturdy the materials are
All ceramics need to be handled with care, but some are more robust than others. Thin porcelain tends to be more breakable, whereas Australian mid-fire and stoneware clays are generally more hardy.
When you’re buying online, check the dimensions of the item. Given there aren’t standard dimensions in handmade ceramics, you may end up with an item much smaller or larger than expected. This is also important to take note of if you’re wanting to curate a matching set.
Choose handmade glazes for a unique piece
I make my own glazes, whereas often ceramics will have mass-produced glazes. Particularly if you’re after unique pottery that no-one else has, opt for ceramics with handmade glazes.
Look for variations
Another way of ensuring you have a distinctive piece of pottery is to look for variations, instead of items that look identical. Handmade ceramics always have variations from piece to piece – which is part of the appeal! This ensures you have a unique item with a more human touch, rather than mass-produced factory ceramics.
Choose Australian MadeWhere possible, support local businesses by buying Australian Made. Extra points if it’s a small business too! You may even be able to visit their studio and see their wares come to life. If you’d like to come by my studio, feel free to get in touch!