Dating haeger pottery

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The shape, glazing and markings of the "foot" or base surface of the piece which makes contact with a supporting surface (ie – table or shelf) can be as revealing as the color and texture of the clay.

used the wedge shapes routinely, so that is always my first guess on a piece with a dry wedge foot.

There are many different shades of "red" clay, but red and deep pink clays have been readily available to the potter for centuries, and this color often gives the glaze a different look than it would have with another color clay. For more information, see the book ALAMO POTTERY: A History of Alamo Pottery and its Offspring, Gilmer Pottery by N. Collins.) used a sandy clay for much of its dinnerware lines. This Heath bowl is clearly marked, but notice the clay color on the unglazed ring.

Any pottery that has been soaked in water may be beige, too, so beware of dirty bottoms!

By 1915, much American pottery was matte finish and early Art Deco shapes. Some American potteries went back to shiny glazes in the late 1930s and 1950s, and through the 1960s for many of the companies.

Just a glance at the foot shows the numbers on this Mc Coy or Brush pot (left). If you see three numbers at a slant on a yellow clay pot, it may be are routinely marked with numbers, and sometimes the name.The glazes in pottery went with fashion of the day, and trends can be noted, although there are lots of exceptions.The era of standard glaze–the shiny brown finish used by .So, if you see three little flaws on a glazed bottom, these are not damage–they are stilt marks or firing pin marks used for the firing process.Examining the bottom for stilt marks may reveal some numbers that may help with identification, too. Some companies only used two numbers for some of the shapes, and some used four.

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