[Clayart] Dates on Pots

Terrance Lazaroff zalt57 at yahoo.com
Sat Jan 14 16:07:34 EST 2017

Here in Quebec, Canada, we have a collectors association.   They recently published a book of potters marks, chops, or signatures, Past and present.  Changing every year would out-date  this document quickly.   It could also cause a piece to be unidentifiable.


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> On Jan 14, 2017, at 9:05 AM, Dannon Rhudy <dannon at ccrtc.com> wrote:
> I recall that Kurt Wild dated/numbered his work, for
> whatever purpose. For glaze tests, he had notebook after 
> notebook with numbers & letters and however he did
> it. He'd been doing that since grad school, and the
> number of tests......must've been a zillion notebooks.
> I've found that the easiest way to keep a record of what
> year a pot was made is to make a little stamp, about the
> size of a chop mark, for each year. Not with a date, but
> with a design.  Keep a little book
> with each year's mark. Stamp the design in the book with ink or
> iron oxide or whatever.   Doesn't matter to most buyers,
> but might matter eventually.  In any case, in that way
> YOU will always know when something was made, but the
> buyer won't know. It will just look like another chop
> mark. A grad school friend, Doug Gray, used to use this
> method.  It seemed a good idea to me, and still does.
> Easy, and if you carve the little stamp out of clay,
> bisque fire - you can keep the stamp, too, if you like.
> regards
> Dannon Rhudy
> Subject: Re: [Clayart] Dates on Pots
> I use this system with my glaze tests ... but not my pots. Go figure :)!
>> On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 1:07 PM, M Gordon <clayart at earthlink.net> wrote:
>> You might try this..... a years worth of numbers and the new year add 
>> a letter ...... 1-A ,2-A,3A the following year start with #1 & add B. 
>> When I was working in a bronze foundry I was making thousands of belt 
>> buckles for Well Fargo Bank, we used this system and the bank had some 
>> print out verifying that this was an official W.F. buckle, with each 
>> purchase.Mike gordon

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