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College for Appraisers
Pottery I – English and Continental
A24 Hour Course –On-Campus and Distance learning

Course Description and Objectives
Pottery is one of humankind’s earliest and most enduring products. It has been both utilitarian and the subject of centuries of artistic endeavor. This course focuses on the styles and techniques of pottery from England and Continental Europe from 1650 – 1950 -- mindful of the older Asian influences. Consideration is given to the actual techniques of pottery production – clays, construction, decoration, as well as to history and output of the major potteries in England, France, Germany, Holland and Scandinavia. Special attention is devoted to understanding pottery marks and other critical elements for identification and dating. Resources and skills needed to identify reproductions are developed. This course is for both appraisers and collectors.

Course Objectives
Students will develop understanding of:

  • The properties of clay bodies and production techniques and how these assist in identification and determining value
  • How to Read, recognize & research marks
  • How to detect reproductions, fakes and forgeries
  • How to efficiently write accurate appraisals

This course is designed to develop the skills, judgment and competence to identify, evaluate and value pottery items based on knowledge of producers, eras, and forms for the appraiser and collector.

Course Requirements / Evaluation
There are two Examinations (open book) and three written reports.

Grading: A – 90- 100; B 80-89; C 70-79*
*Students are expected to revise and resubmit any work product that is C quality or less

English and Continental Pottery
, College for Appraisers
Video Lectures

Warman’s English and Continetal Pottery and Porcelain,
Kovel’s New Dictionary of Marks: Pottery and Porcelain, 1850 - present
Miller’s Antiques Checklist: Pottery
, Gordon Lang
Miller’s Antiques Checklist: Porcelain, Gordon Lang

A World History Of Pottery
, Emmanuel Cooper, Chilton Book Co., 1989
Encyclopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks, Geoffrey A. Godden, Crown Publishers, 1964
British Porcelain, Geoffrey Godden, Chilton Book Co., 1992
Sevres Porcelain: Vincennes and Sevres 1740-1800, De Bellaigue, Geoffrey; Eriksen, Faber and Faber, 1987
Book of Meissen
, Robt Rontgen, Schiffer Pub., Ltd., 2000

History of Pottery
Types of Clay
Construction Techniques / Firing Techniques
Continental and English Pottery
Influence of Asian exports
Search for porcelain
18th Century Potteries
The Royal Potteries
  • Meissen
  • Vienna
  • Dresden
  • Berlin
  • Sevres
  • Limoges
English Potteries and Regions
  • Bow
  • Chelsea
  • Minton
  • Spode
  • Wedgewood
Industrial Revolution Influences
Arts and Crafts Movement – Continental and English
Victorian Era -- Forms, Makers and Inventions
  • Ironstone
  • Majolica
  • Lusterware
  • Belleek
  • Goudy
Art Nouveau
Art Deco – era of designers
  • Bauhaus
  • Clarice Cliff
  • Lorna Bailey
  • Susie Cooper
Overview of Major Potteries 19th and 20th Century
Learning to read the marks / learning to recognize reproductions
Care and Condition Issues

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