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  1. I've always added the year that a piece was made to my signature, which helps me to remember when I made the stuff I've kept. But I've wondered if this is a good idea or a bad one, from the viewpoint of collectors.
  2. Hello, I think this might be in the wrong thread but I have a problem and I'm not sure where to go for help. Today I accidentally broke one of my friend's artisan bowls. This is the symbol I found on the bottom but I can't identify it. I was wondering if anyone here might know this symbol and could direct me to a company or individual where these are made. I am located in Taipei, Taiwan, but this piece may not be from Taiwan. I want to buy a new one for my friend... hopefully before they notice that this one is missing! Thanks for any help.
  3. I have to confess that over the last forty or so years, most of my pots have been marked either with my signature or initials scratched into the base of the pot. But lately I've noticed that a nice clean stamped mark is much better looking, at least to my eyes. Recently I designed a stamp for future pots that has a slightly stylized adaptation of my initials, and I like it better. How do other potters feel about this issue? My excuse for the scratched signature is basically laziness and not paying enough attention to that detail, but I'm sure other folks have different thoughts on the matter, and I'd love to hear them.
  4. I have been thinking of making a stamp for myself to use as my artists' mark on my work. I've been using a ballpoint pen to mark my work by just putting my initials and the year, but...that seems so lame. I think a wee guinea pig would be so much more fun. My little business is "The Earthen Cavy," and my moniker is "The Guinea Potter," so I think it would fit pretty well. How do you guys mark your work? Stamps? Initials? Monographic flourishes? (A cavy is a guinea pig. Useless trivia. )
  5. I've noticed a trend in marking pottery with an extremely small stamp with no other form of signature. Do people generally do this on dishware only or on more extensive sculptural work as well? I am curious how others prefer to mark their work. Do you sign with a needle tool? Use a chop or seal! Have a stamp made? What information do you try to convey? Some of the stamps I've seen used are so small and simple it wouldn't lend a clue for someone who bought it to remember the maker. Do you prefer a simple mark or something more identifiable? Do you use your name, a symbol or both? I know there are as many options as answers to these questions, but I am curious and I would love to see some examples. Clearly this is also somewhat pointed. I am not fully satisfied with my marking method and I am considering a custom stamp, or more immediately re-carving a soap stone signature chop I had fashioned myself for other purposes.
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