Will firing flaws seriously devalue pottery ?

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Will firing flaws seriously devalue pottery ?

Post by heygarth54 on August 20th 2010, 12:29 pm


Bought another goblet/chalice today, it is by Porthmadog Pottery. It has no damage as such but the glaze on the inside of the cup is flawed, it is only the size of a pinhead (a term my brothers used on me when we were younger) will this be detrimental to it value ?

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Re: Will firing flaws seriously devalue pottery ?

Post by big ed on August 20th 2010, 4:50 pm

Generally speaking yes it will, however on some types of glazes rough stoeware etc. it wouldn't matter as much IMO
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Post by heygarth54 on August 20th 2010, 5:45 pm

Many thanks, Ed.

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Re: Will firing flaws seriously devalue pottery ?

Post by bistoboy on August 20th 2010, 6:27 pm

some firing flaws can even ADD value - early English porcelain from companies like New Hall, inevitably have specks of ash caught in the glaze because of the firing processes used at the time. Without such "blemishes", it can make it harder to tell the fakes from the genuine thing. I positively encourage buying ceramics with firing flaws as at least you know it is an 'honest' fault and not a chip or crack that someone's tried to cover up.
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Re: Will firing flaws seriously devalue pottery ?

Post by heygarth54 on August 20th 2010, 7:07 pm

I agree with you, I think they add interest to an item.
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