When you are out and about at a flea market, antique store or even local auctions, you will run across a wide variety of pottery with different decorations. Here is a few of the decoration types that you will run across:
Tin-glazing—this is the process of giving ceramic items a tin-based glaze that is white, glossy and opaque, and it is normally applied to either red or buff pottery. The whiteness of the tin glaze itself encourages its frequent decoration with color. Majolica, delftware and even faience are some of the names used for some of the common types of this type of pottery.
Blue and white pottery—this covers a wide range of white pottery that is decorated under the glaze with a blue color. The decoration can be applied by hand, but it’s now usually applied with a stencil or by transfer-printing.
Lusterware—this is a type of pottery with a metallic style glaze that gives the effect of iridescence. It’s produced by using metallic oxides in an over glaze finish and then fired in second firing at a lower temperature.
Salt-glaze—this is a pottery (usually stoneware) that has a glaze of a glossy, translucent finish with a slightly orange peel-like texture. This finish is formed by throwing common salt into the kiln during the higher temperature part of the firing process.
This is only a few of the types of decoration that you will find on pottery. What other types have you run across?