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During the summer, there are numerous craft fairs, art shows, and street fairs featuring many potters. When trying to differentiate between them, it's essential to consider a few key factors.


Becoming a proficient potter takes many years of practice. I have been working in ceramics for over 25 years and have a deep knowledge of clay, glazes, and studio practices. Master potters have decades of experience in designing and crafting pottery and have exhibited or sold their work for years. A good way to start is by asking the artist how long they have been making pottery.


When it comes to distinguishing between high-quality handmade pottery and beginner pottery, craftsmanship is crucial. High-end handmade pottery features expert design, balanced proportions, and flawless construction. Look for cracks or rough edges as indicators of lower quality. Pay attention to the glazing and finishing, as professional potters take great care to achieve consistent, smooth finishes. Check for rough spots or gaps in the glaze. Also, inspect the details such as handles, spouts, and decorative elements to assess the potter's skill level. Do lids fit properly? Is the handle sized right and comfortable? Lastly, consider the functionality of the piece. Well-crafted pottery not only looks appealing but also serves its intended purpose efficiently.


These are just some of the elements that can help you develop an eye for differentiating between great handmade pottery and beginner pottery at craft fairs and art shows.

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