When art historians and art archaeologists study ancient artworks and pottery, do you know what they find? They are able to decipher the year/century of manufacture, the origin of the pigments and/or clay, and traces of the artist or artisan in the works themselves.
A Greek vase is not only Greek by the subject matter painted on the exterior, but also by the composition of the clay used to make the vase and the natural pigments ground into paint. Now that you get the idea, why not make a collection of art from around the world all your own? Here is why Handmade Ceramics Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England is a good place to start.
The Clay Contains Minute Particles of Earth Related to This Area
Clay used on any potter’s wheel will have traces of the local soil and traces of other natural elements that blow into the pottery while it is being formed on the wheel. Imagine years from now someone picking up Handmade Ceramics Royal Tunbridge Wells that you bought from a British artist/potter and being able to tell where the piece came from. Everything from seeds to grains of pollen to dust can be in the clay before it is fired.
An Artist’s Own Bio-Signature
Most people don’t realize that artists leave a bio-signature in their art. It might be traces of skin, sweat, or fingerprints. Even after an artist has passed, trace elements of him or her remain. The art is then attributed correctly to the artist even if the actual written signature is worn away or missing.
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