[Clayart] Potters signatures etc...

Tommy Humphries tommyhumphries at sbcglobal.net
Thu Jan 12 23:25:51 EST 2017


Coming up, signing a pot was the mark of an artist...the pots made at the pottery never had a signature of any kind...it would have added too much time to each piece! Imagine having to sign 3-400 mugs everyday...it would have taken a couple of hours! Eventually customers fairly demanded some form of potter recognition on each piece, so rubber stamps were made with each potters signature, along with Marshall Pottery, Marshall Texas. We started afixing these stamps in 1985, fully 90+ years into the business. After a couple of years, it got to be that if a stamp was left off a pot, that pot just sat on the shelf. No one wanted that one, it had no value. 

Collectors valued that stamp more than the actual pot...

Go figure...


Tommy Humphries

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