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Coffee shops, cafés and bakeries are cozy safe havens for chilly shoppers and other passersby in need of a warm, delicious snack or beverage to get them through the day. The cold weather and the season spirit drive customers in droves to these shops to experience their newly released holiday flavors or simply escape the cold. This time of year creates a fantastic opportunity for your business to drive retail sales and promote your brand through a variety of marketing initiatives. So then, which of these tactics should your company leverage to optimize retail sales without burning through too much of your budget?

At Grey Fox Pottery, our team is committed to helping your business differentiate itself from competitors and thrive. That’s why we produce a wide variety of high-quality branded merchandise for coffee shops, bakeries and cafés, including stoneware coffee mugs. We also understand full well how difficult it can be to determine which marketing strategies your business should invest in to boost profitability and deepen customer loyalty. So today, we’ll be discussing how your business can increase retail sales through one of the most exciting and cost-effective forms of marketing: custom merchandising.

Fostering Retail Sales With Branded Merchandise

If you’re looking to drive retail sales in your shop, then start by stocking up on new merchandise! A change of pace is sure to get people noticing and talking. After all, everyone loves looking at cute items as they wait to place their order. Our pottery experts here at Grey Fox Pottery can design a custom line of branded stoneware mugs to stock your shelves with. These coffee mugs are perfect holiday gifts for anyone in a customer’s life. Fill your shelves with these and they’re sure to clear out just as quickly!

Ordering custom-made coffee mugs from Grey Fox Pottery is a perfect way to get a little creative when you’re establishing your shop’s aesthetic and getting customers excited about your business. You can promote your brand through these gorgeous stoneware pieces by sending us your logo. From there, our American artists will design and create a custom mug that’s perfect for you and your customers. You can even take this a step further by stocking your shelves with a differently themed mug for every occasion. For example, in the spirit of the holidays, try displaying red and green mugs on the shelves to brighten up your shop and celebrate the season.

We also have a few suggestions for if you want to use this as an opportunity to get a little bit creative with promoting your retail sales:

Gift Baskets

Shopping for Christmas presents is hard, so why not make it a little easier for your customers and do the hard work for them with a few pre-made holiday gift baskets? A great basket could include a Grey Fox mug or two, a holiday blend of coffee (or hot chocolate for your customers who don’t drink coffee), holiday-themed candy and something with your brand’s name on it, like a small stuffed animal or an ornament. Including some of your delicious baked goods or directions for making holiday-themed treats or beverages is a wonderful way to complete this package.

These gift baskets offer potential customers a sample of your products, making them a great way to draw in new patrons inexpensively. They have an object with your logo on it, which increases name recognition and gets your brand into the homes of your patrons. And on top of all that, they even provide a service to your existing customers! They’re a win on every level. These assortments of gifts are suitable for anyone in each customer’s life. And who knows, maybe the customers will like them so much that they’ll even buy one for themselves!

Limited Edition Mugs & Contests

To create buzz, you can try selling limited edition mugs in your shop. You could even hold a contest for customers where the prize for the winner is a custom mug made just for them! Try giving your regulars a leg up by holding a contest where if they make a certain number of purchases you can enter your name into the contest multiple times. Holding a contest like this is a fun way to spread awareness of your brand by word of mouth and get customers to engage with your brand.

Maintaining Sales With Grey Fox Mugs

Take all the buzz this starts and move it past the holiday season by incorporating our mugs into the aesthetic of your shop. Every successful coffee shop has an iconic piece that draws people to their shop. To see this in action, think of all the Instagram posts you see of Starbucks cups. Not only is this great advertising, but people pay them to do it! The greatest thing about our mugs is that you can customize them differently with every order you place. This adds a unique quality to your shop that other stores just won’t have: personality. Whether they’re used for different holidays, an event you might host at your shop or the prize for a contest, stoneware mugs from Grey Fox Pottery are perfect for every occasion!

Contact Grey Fox Pottery Today

Feel free to call or message us if you have any other questions about Grey Fox Pottery or want to pick up an order of our top-quality stoneware pottery to promote your business. You can also reach out to us if you need more advice on how to grow your business through smart, affordable marketing efforts. We’re here to help with anything you need.

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Who doesn’t love a good piece of branded merchandise? Not only is branded merchandise useful to those who receive it, but it can offer major benefits to the company that gives it away too. From branded brewery merchandise to coffee shop merchandise, branded goods can work to increase your customer’s loyalty to your brand, offering many measurable returns on your investment.

At Grey Fox Pottery, we care about helping American businesses grow and succeed. One such way that we help such brands thrive is by providing them with custom, branded merchandise in the form of unique mugs, tankards, and additional stoneware pieces. Regardless of what industry you’re in, you know the struggle of increasing brand loyalty among your patrons. One of the surest ways to boost brand loyalty among your customers is through branded merchandise; it’s an effective way of transforming a business association into a personal connection. Buying coffee from a local café is one thing, but taking home a branded coffee mug from that shop will take that single transaction and turn it into a long-term positive relationship. Every time that customer drinks from their branded coffee mug at home they’ll be reminded of your shop, and the next time they’re out, and in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, your shop will be the first that comes to mind.

Our Favorite Pieces of Branded Merchandise

But not all pieces of branded merchandise are created equal. Underwhelming branded merchandise can end up simply being a bad investment when no one is willing to buy it. To give you some inspiration, here are five examples of our favorite pieces of branded merchandise.

Coffee Mugs: Dunn Brothers

Now, we might be a bit partial, but we love the branded coffee mugs that we made for Dunn Brothers Coffee. These mugs were made for several locations locally and throughout the US and are highly coveted by their patrons. Whether they’re only selling the mugs as a part of a limited run or they’re simply on the shelves as a daily purchase option, these mugs always quick to be snatched up.

Branded T-Shirts: Google

Google has some amazing swag. It’s the kind of branded merchandise that you’ll want to take home regardless of your computer savviness. Granted, Google makes millions upon millions of dollars every year, so they can afford to go all out when it comes to branded merch. Currently, Google’s offerings of branded merch include apparel, bags, drink ware, accessories, and office supplies!

Branded Beer Steins: Sea Dog Brewing Company  

We have customers locally and nationally that are doing great things when it comes to branded merch, like Sea Dog Brewing Company, with nine brew pubs along the East Coast. While the brewery has an established range of merch that spans from sweatshirts to hats, the highlight of their offerings is their custom stoneware beer steins made exclusively for their mug club members. Mug club members not only get a handmade beer stein for joining the Sea Dog mug club, they get other free gear like t-shirts, pint glasses and invitation to member-only events. Learn more about increasing patron loyalty by starting a mug club at your brew pub.

Branded Bags: Lululemon

Have you ever gone to a store to purchase something purely to walk away with the bag that your purchase comes in? Sounds crazy, right? Except this is a phenomenon that is all too familiar to athletic retailer Lululemon. When Lululemon opened, they had the genius idea of using reusable bags as opposed to the standard paper or plastic bags that are the popular choice for most other retailers, and as a result, these bags became a highly desired item in their own right. Teenage girls flock to their stores to buy their least expensive headbands or accessories purely to walk away with the amazing shopping bag they get with their purchase. This is a magnificent example of a way that you can use secondary means to promote your merch. Add a free piece of swag with every purchase, and you may find an instant success on your hands.

Branded Apparel: Harley Davidson

While Harley Davidson is primarily known for their signature motorcycles, they also have some fantastic merch. Much like Google, but with a bit more edge, Harley Davidson offers apparel that perfectly complements their primary products. This approach is one that works well for many companies. If you own a brewery, for example, it would make sense that you would offer unique, custom branded beer steins and pint glasses as your merch as it’s something that your customers would be buying regardless.

What Branded Merchandise Will You Add to Your Business?

Many companies opt to offer up cheap and boring merch that leaves customers feeling uninspired, and by doing so, they end up with loads of leftover merch at the end of each quarter. From pubs to cafés, branded merchandise is a resource that can offer your business loads of opportunity. From increasing customer loyalty to driving engagement, brand merchandise is one resource that should not be left untapped.

At Grey Fox Pottery, we offer businesses large and small fully customizable, handmade coffee mugs, beer steins, and special event mugs that are sure to draw in customers. And with a large selection of pottery styles and glaze colors, creating a stoneware piece that perfectly matches your brand’s identity is easy! Whether you need 50 pieces of branded merch or 500, we’ll be able to help you find the stoneware pieces you need to complete your branded merchandise offerings.

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When it comes to selling merchandise in your small business, it can be hard to know where to begin. You know that you want to sell unique merch, but how do you find the right items to offer up to your customers, and where do you start when it comes to competitively pricing your items for resale?

At Grey Fox Pottery, we help businesses stand out from their competition with custom branded, handmade stoneware items. From mugs to beer steins, our designs can be found in breweries and coffee houses big and small across the U.S. We’re passionate about helping other American businesses succeed; it’s part of why our wholesale order minimum is only 48 pieces and why we’re quick to offer up advice when it comes to successfully pricing your café of pub merchandise to sell.

It’s All About Quality

You might be able to turn a quick dollar by selling cheaply, mass-produced goods, such as plain white ceramic mugs with your logo superimposed on the front, but when those items quickly breakdown by being run through the dishwasher or chip after only a few uses, you’ll have lost a customer for life. When it comes to retail, you only get one shot to make an impression on your customers, and you’d better hope it’s a positive one. If your customers take home goods from your shop and they break or are of poor quality, they’re not going to be tempted to buy your products again. What’s more, they’re going to tell all of their friends and potentially post on social media warning others away.

So if you do decide that branded merchandise is right for your business, we recommend being prepared to invest.  At Grey Fox Pottery, we create custom, handmade, dishwasher safe, and durable mugs that many businesses use to entice their visitors. And with dozens of shapes and designs, you’re sure to find a number of pieces that will feel right at home among your shop.

How To Price Your Small Business Merchandise for Retail

Now that you’ve picked your supplier, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of pricing out your new wares. As mentioned before, we’ve helped hundreds of companies and events of all sizes create custom stoneware pieces to sell in their businesses. Here’s some of the best advice that they had to offer when it comes to pricing items for retail.

Keep Rotating Your Stock

While it can be tempting to find a single design and stick with it, visitors like variation and they’re not going to buy repeat items for themselves. Many of our customers told us that to entice visitors to buy multiple items throughout the year, or in one stop, they offer both a few varieties of our mugs at any given time and change out the selection throughout the year utilizing our broad range of glaze colors and shapes. By having a couple of Grey Fox mugs on the shelves at once, our customers find that most of their customer end up walking away with two or more mugs at once! Additionally, visitors love to purchase seasonal goods that change color or shape throughout the year.

Utilize a Customer Loyalty Program

If you own a coffee shop or brewery, one of the most substantial revenue streams that you may rely on is your merchandise. Most coffee shops, for example, will see a more significant source of revenue for one coffee cup sold than one cup of coffee purchased.

But what if you combined the two? One of our long-time customers, the Patrick Dugan’s Coffee House, pointed out how they use a customer loyalty program in their coffee shop to boost sales. In their shop, they call it the “Mug Club.”

Cassandra Gonzales, Manager at Patrick Dugan’s  explained the program like this: “How it works is that once someone buys a mug from their merchandise line, they can then always get 10% off of any drink that goes into it!” This is a great idea for local shops that see a lot of repeat visitors.

Patrick Dugan’s even takes things a step further by putting the details of their Mug Club on the packaging that every mug is sent home in. Patrons are reminded of the potential savings awaiting them back at their favorite coffee spot both while enjoy their coffee mug at home and while handling it’s packaging. Take a look at their unique Mug Club cups, courtesy of Grey Fox, below!

The Right Price for Merchandise at Your Business

When it comes to merchandise, we believe in the power of promoting your brand. Most of our clients choose to offer their retail mugs with an 80% markup; which ensures the mugs are priced competitively. Limited edition mugs, on the other hand, are more likely to sell at a 100% markup due to their exclusive nature.

This way the mugs are priced to sell, and the shop will see the benefits that come from getting their logo into their customers homes. You may make a little less on each mug up front, but the customer awareness and repeat business that your branded merchandise will prompt is well worth keeping your retail prices as competitive as possible.

At the end of the day, your customers will let you know what the sweet spot is for your retail pricing. If items are flying off the shelves then you’ve done something right, and if they’re sitting there never getting into the hands of your customers, then it’s time to reevaluate your pricing structure.

If you’d like to chat about adding custom stoneware pieces to your business’ merchandise offerings, or receive a quote for your own order, give us a call today! We look forward to helping you increase sales in your coffee shop or brewery through creative, custom merchandise.

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When it comes to beer steins, there may be a lot more to know about these seemingly common mugs then you’re aware of. The word stein itself actually refers to a traditional mug made out of stoneware. But historically, beer steins have been made out of stoneware, pewter, porcelain, silver, crystal, or wood, with some beer steins having hinged pewter lids.

At Grey Fox Pottery, we make a large variety of unique, stoneware handmade beer steins. These captivating mugs come in an assortment of colors and sizes and can be easily modified to match your specific customization requests. We love making branded beer steins for companies large and small. Customers are often surprised to hear that we make many different types of beer steins, as they had not known that so many varieties of beer steins existed. And after making custom beer steins by hand for nearly 30 years, we’ve acquired all kinds of knowledge about these fascinating tankards.

The History of Beer Steins

Did you know that steins used to have hinged lids because people believe that it would help to keep the plague away while drinking? In the 1300s, the bubonic plague was sweeping Europe, killing upwards of 30 million citizens. The reason hinged lids were added to people’s steins was to help keep infected flies from contaminating drinks. Laws were passed which mandated that food and drink must be covered to help stop and prevent the spread of disease. These was referred to as the cover container laws and were only one of such laws passed to keep a tragedy like the Black Death epidemic from happening again. Kind of a grim start for such a fun and attractive item, isn’t it?

The next big step in the beer stein’s history came in the 1500s. It was during this time that new sanctions were announced that greatly regulated the quality and transportation of beer. Due to these new regulations, brewers began to focus more on the quality of their finished beer, and with high-end beer came increased consumption. And what does any serious beer-lover need to complete his trip to his favorite pub? His very own decorated beer stein that was capable of holding large amounts of beer of course! And due to the high cost of stoneware after the Black Death period, it was common for these steins to be highly decorated and personalized as they were an investment.

Do Different Beers Belong in Different Steins?

To the untrained palate, one size can fit all when it comes to beer steins, but to truly immerse yourself in your drinking experience, we recommend using the right type of beer stein for your drinking pleasure. Here’s a quick and simple guide to beer steins and the correlating drinks they should contain.

The Traditional Beer Stein: With a wide base that makes swirling beers easy, traditional beer steins are the most popular choice for stouts and ales. But at the end of the day, a traditional beer stein is a solid pick for nearly any beer.

The Bavarian Stein: A Bavarian beer stein is ideal for drinks that have a deeper flavor, such as red ales, lagers, porters, or stouts.

The Chalice Stein: Due to its full mouth, chalice steins are ideal for more malty beers, such as Belgian ales and German bocks.

The Tavern Stein: The tavern stein is ideal for wheat beers and other subtle drinks that need that extra aromatic boost that a curved lip can provide.

The Potbelly Stein: The potbelly stein is like the Bavarian stein in that it’s wider base allows for drinks to be swirled to release their full flavor profile, making it a popular choice for Belgian ales and stouts.

The Hourglass Stein: An hourglass stein is specifically designed to maintain the foam head of a beer, thus enhancing the drink’s natural look and flavor. These steins are typically used for ales and IPAs.

The Hofbrau Stein: The Hofbrau stein is one of the most popular German stein styles due in large part to its incredibly comfortable hold. With slightly curved sides, the Hofbrau stein conforms to the hand and helps a thick foam head form on the top of your favorite drink. This stein will work wonderfully with any beer but shines the brightest while serving wheat beers.

Find The Perfect Beer Stein with Grey Fox

Whether you’re searching for beer steins for Oktoberfest festivals or tankards for your brewery, you can find the branded beer steins you need with Grey Fox. If you’re still unsure about which beer stein is right for your needs, feel free to reach out. A member of our team would be more than happy to help you find the perfect high-quality branded stoneware beer steins.

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When it comes time to start thinking about merchandise for your brand or business, you’ll be faced with an important question: Do you opt for custom pottery or generic ceramics? You might think that the answer would be simple—generic, standard ceramics are cheap and easy to find. But what you may not know is that pottery mugs have many advantages that make them more attractive to both business owners and shoppers alike.

At Grey Fox Pottery, we develop a wide variety of handmade stoneware mugs that can be customized to meet your unique needs. And with convenient wholesale pottery mugs, ordering in bulk is a breeze. Whether you run a coffee shop or a local gym, we have the pottery mugs you need to make your business stand out. Here are just a few of the advantages pottery mugs offer compared to generic ceramic mugs.

Durability

Those cheap, boring ceramic mugs you can order tend to be extremely fragile, leading to lots of cracks, chips, and dings—sometimes while still in the store. One knock and these thin ceramic cups crumble, but the same is not true for stoneware mugs. Because, after all, a broken mug sitting in the bottom of a wastebasket isn’t helping your brand in any way. You want your merchandise sitting proudly on a shelf, not lying broken in the garbage.

Pottery mugs are highly durable, and can stand up to frequent wear and tear. The glaze clay used in stoneware pottery contains glass-like fragments and particles that actually work to make the clay stronger and more resilient. You may not realize it, but the quality of your products will speak to your customers, telegraphing the reliability of your services. A cheap mug that breaks at the drop of a hat doesn’t promote a strong image, but a mug that will last for years and is made from high-quality materials will. Our handmade stoneware mugs are food, microwave, and dishwasher-safe, meaning that they’ll stay with your customers for years.

Visual Appeal

What would you rather have on your desk? A plain white ceramic mug that has a logo hastily imposed on its surface, or a colorful and striking mug that acts as a conversation starter? The days of boring white coffee cups are over. Traditional, mass-produced coffee cups are typically made from cheaply acquired ceramic and fired at low temperatures to keep costs as low as possible.

Our wholesale pottery mugs, on the other hand, are fired twice to ensure longevity and visual appeal. Plus, we offer a broad range of glazes and colors so that you can find the perfect hues to complement your brand’s unique identity. And don’t forget about the custom medallion that’ll be affixed to the front of your mug. From your company’s logo to its favorite motto, our artisans will work with you to create the perfect visual representation of your brand. From breweries and bakeries to coffee shops, we’ve helped hundreds of businesses stand out with eye-catching mug designs.

Brand Loyalty

Branded merchandise is a great way to increase brand loyalty. Making a genuine connection with your customers through branded merchandise will only serve to solidify your customer relationships. As mentioned above, when you offer your customers boring, mass-produced goods that are the same as what’s offered by any other competitor, you reinforce the idea that you’re just the same as everyone else. When you think outside of the box and offer goods that are unexpected, you show your customers that everything you offer is valuable and high quality. A company that invests substantial effort and care into its coffee mugs is one that’s sure to deliver outstanding products and services.

By leveraging some creative marketing tactics, you can use your coffee mugs to increase your brand loyalty even more! The possibilities are truly endless once you start exploring the world of branded merchandise.

Get the Pottery Mugs You Need with Grey Fox

At Grey Fox Pottery, our minimum order size is only 48 mugs, meaning that smaller operations can have the flexibility they need to stay within budget while still walking away with stunning and attractive mugs. Our mugs are unique and completely customizable. Contact us today to learn more about how pottery mugs can make a meaningful difference for your business.

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While mug sales might not be the most important component of your business, having profitable coffee sales each month is certainly a desirable goal for any coffee shop owner. As a company that sells coffee mugs ourselves, we’re familiar with all the ups and downs of selling coffee mugs.

You’re probably familiar with lots of marketing tactics that can help to make your coffee shop more popular, but what about your merchandise? Convincing customers to further interact with your brand by investing in your merchandise outside of your edible wares can be challenging. That’s why we drummed up these four tips to help you sell more coffee mugs in your shop.

  1. Create Gift Baskets

When shopping for certain occasions, it’s often easier to simply purchase one pre-assembled gift (like a gift basket) instead of shopping at multiple stores to find several items that combine to create a meaningful gift. When you assemble gift baskets to sell at your shop, you help to simplify the lives of your customers.

You can choose to make your gift baskets branded or themed; the choice is yours. Add in a branded Grey Fox Pottery mug or two, a local coffee blend, and some cookie mix, and you’ll be all set. You can use these gift baskets as samplers of your products by including a few of your house specialties (such as baked goods) if you have any. By including products that are branded and specific to your coffee shop, you’ll increase your company’s name recognition and get your brand into the homes of your patrons and their loved ones.

  1. Offer Limited-Edition Mugs

Nothing ups the appeal of a product quite like limited availability. Just look at Beanie Babies. On their own, nobody particularly cared about these cute creatures. But once the rumor that only a certain number would be made gained traction, pandemonium ensued. Why not apply the same principle to your coffee shop merchandise?

Offering limited-edition merchandise will entice customers to take home your products before you run out. Make sure to promote these mugs on your social media channels to get everyone involved in the sale. Limited products entice those who wouldn’t normally purchase your merchandise to get in on the excitement for fear of missing out. We recommend making your limited-edition mugs drastically different than your traditional merchandise to generate maximum buzz. Try switching up color, shapes, and sizes.

  1. Start a Raffle

People love to win free goods, and coffee shop patrons are no exception. When it comes to selling coffee mugs, we find that one of the best ways to run a raffle is to offer an entry for every purchase made. For example, with every coffee cup purchase, your patrons will be entered to win a gift basket at the end of the month. Or, with every third cup of coffee purchased, they’re entered to win a prize. Incentivizing customers to continue to purchase your goods will only result in good things for your coffee shop.

  1. Run Social Media Ads

Posting on social media organically, meaning without using money to promote posts or run ads, is great. But if you really want to boost sales, you’ll need to dedicate a portion of your marketing budget to social media ads. And when it comes to social media ads, strategy is key.

Take some time to brush up on social media marketing best practices with resources like Lynda or Sprout, and make sure that you’re realistic about your goals. You’re not going to suddenly be overwhelmed by customers after running one ad or promoting one post. But after you’ve found what works for your brand, you’ll start to see the results. Having an active online presence is vital to any company in our technology-first world. Not only will social media ads boost traffic to your website and foot traffic in your business, but it will also increase your brand recognition and drive customer loyalty.

Get Selling with Grey Fox

When it comes to marketing your coffee shop, you have a lot to handle. Let Grey Fox Pottery help you simplify your to-do list with custom branded coffee mugs that are sure to generate interest in your shop. With a wide range of sizes, colors, and configurations, we have the coffee cups you need to prompt more sales. If you have questions about how branded coffee mugs can increase sales at your coffee shop or would like to request a quote for your next order, feel free to give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Pottery has a long and impactful history in our world. From ancient Greeks to the Mayans, many cultures have used pottery throughout the ages for both functional and artistic applications. At Grey Fox Pottery, we combine the old with the new to create traditional stoneware ceramics that are situated to meet your unique needs. And while we still do everything by hand the old-fashioned way, we’ve added some new features like heat-protectant cork bottoms and colorful customizable glazes to make our handmade pottery appeal to the modern shopper.

The world of pottery is a fascinating one, filled with tons of fun facts. From its unique durability to its fascinating history, you’re sure to learn something new about pottery from this list of fast facts!

  1. The First Potter’s Wheel Was Invented in the Bronze Age

Today we would rely heavily on a potter’s wheel to craft our ceramics, but these useful tools didn’t make an appearance until around 3,000 BC at the beginning of the Bronze Age. First used in West Asia and Central America, these original potter’s wheels were made of little wooden platforms that were turned by hand or foot.

  1. Pottery Can Survive for Millennia

While easily broken if knocked off a shelf, pottery is actually incredibly durable. Pottery fragments, and sometimes even full vessels, are often found at archaeological sites and are often thought to be the most common and important type of artifact that an archaeologist can find. Pottery can often be found buried with the deceased or in the ruins of old structures.

  1. Pottery Can Be a Window to the Past

Just like dinosaur bones can tell paleontologists all about a type of animal and the world it inhabited, recovered pottery fragments can tell archaeologists a number of things about the people who made them and their world. By assessing how a pot was made, what it was made with, and what role it served in its day, scientists can achieve a better understanding of civilizations that have long since left this earth, as well as the state of our planet in the past. What do you think our pottery will tell the archaeologists of the future?

  1. A Fragment of Pottery Is Called a Sherd

A sherd is what you call a fragment of historic or prehistoric pottery. Sometimes this term can be used to describe pieces of stone or glass vessels as well. It should be noted that this distinction is only for historic pottery pieces; if you break a coffee cup into pieces, those bits of broken ceramic are not sherds.

  1. Stoneware Pottery Can Handle Some Serious Heat

If you like to sip blazing-hot coffee or tea, then you’re in luck, because stoneware pottery can endure incredible amounts of heat. During pottery production, our clay is heated up to 2,000 degrees before it’s done processing. So bring on the hot liquids, microwaves, or dishwasher; stoneware mugs can take the heat.

  1. Picasso Was Into Pottery

While we typically think of his more famous works like Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Guernica, or The Weeping Woman, Pablo Picasso created quite a few clay sculptures and pottery pieces in his day. Over 3,500 pieces, to be exact. His subject matter usually included women, birds, fish, and bulls, and he could be found to craft anything from a vase to a mug.

  1. The World’s Oldest Pictographic Writing Was Found on Pottery

Pictographic writing, which uses pictorial drawings for letters or phrases, is one of our earliest recorded forms of written communication. And the oldest example of pictographic writing was found on a 7,000-year-old ceramic fragment at the archaeological site of Ad Putea in Northern Bulgaria in 2016. This again proves the amazing durability of pottery and ceramics.

  1. The Plain of Jars

There exists a place in Laos called “The Plain of Jars” that is quite literally a plain of jars. This wide expanse of land is comprised of thousands upon thousands of stacked pots. These unusual pots were carved from stone and can weigh up to ten tons. They’re grouped together in sets of upwards of 400. To this day, no one knows why the famous Plain of Jars exists.

Brush up on Your Pottery Knowledge With Grey Fox

Whether you’re gearing up for a pottery trivia competition or just looking to learn more about the fascinating world of pottery, Grey Fox Pottery is here to help you out. We love sharing our knowledge of pottery with fans. If you have any pottery questions that weren’t covered above, feel free to give us a call! From making new pieces from scratch to creating all new glazes, we’re always happy to talk about all things handmade pottery.

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