So, just in the process of picking up the piece, the weight is registering in my mind.
This is something that has to be developed over time.
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.
Some of the pieces were also marked with a letter, a dash, then a number – so items marked similar to "M-3333" are often Redwing (Murphy Era). Alamo and Gilmer often have a completely unglazed bottom, while Camark and Niloak may have just a dry foot.
The severity of lodging and the extent of the losses resulting from it depend on the crop's environment and on the growth stage at which lodging occurs.
is often red clay, and there are some North Carolina potters who used red clay. Of course there are lots more, but if you have a piece of pottery with a red clay base, this is a start. (A quick aside about Alamo and Gilmer: Alamo and Gilmer potteries were related companies and used many of the same designs — some originally from famous Texas potter Harding Black.
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!
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.