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The guide gives the reader the essential facts and also tells of the prime movers, the people who started it all and how they got going.
Starts with Adams Ironstone Ends with Fürstenberg of Lower Saxony, Germany Includes a short synopsis of each maker - or a link to their individual page.
Sporting themes, especially golf and cricket, which appeal to many collectors are priced accordingly.
Small potteries flourished almost everywhere in Britain.
Nowadays the best pieces command high prices, especially in local sales. You could choose from the many small 20th-century domestic pieces which are still widely available, especially items such as bowls, mugs, jugs, eggcups, toast-racks, ashtrays and thimbles.
Pottery by fashionable makers and designers is expensive, especially in antique shops and specialised sales, but it is still possible to build an interesting collection of modern ceramics without breaking the bank. You need great enthusiasm and a willingness to hunt for interesting pottery everywhere you go. After years of the Antiques Roadshow, there are not many genuine Ming vases just waiting to be picked up for a song, but some copies have become collectable and valuable in their own right.
Look out for antique fairs, general auctions, house clearance sales, junk shops and car boot sales – anywhere that might have china and pottery for sale. The recent vogue for Clarice Cliff has led to faking of pieces like the conical sugar shakers – the originals can fetch thousands of pounds at auction.
Try to learn as much as you can about the makers and objects that you collect through books and sale catalogues.
There may be collectors clubs that you can join to find out more and to share information with fellow enthusiasts.
The cunning forgers use household dust from vacuum cleaners and tea to age their copies.