Question: What is a pottery mark?

Potters mark, also called factory mark, device for the purpose of identifying commercial pottery wares. One of the few found on ancient Greek vases reads: “Exekias made and painted me.” The red pottery of Roman times is signed by means of stamps. Potters marks are most commonly found on porcelain.

What is a pottery chop mark?

A chop is essentially a clay stamp that represents you! You will want to create a meaningful symbol with which to “sign” all of your artwork. The left is an Incised Design where the image is carved in. The right is an Excised Design where the background is carved away leaving a raised design in relief.

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