What makes a second in pottery

All Simon Pearce glass and pottery must meet specific quality control standards for size, weight, height and shape.  It is then qualified to be sold as a first or second quality item.  Second quality items simply meet a slightly more relaxed standard but are equally as durable as first quality items.

Here are some examples of what makes a second:

  • Air pockets-  Our potters take great pride in their ability to produce exceptional pottery.  From time to time during the glazing process, a pocket of air is captured beneath the glaze.  When this occurs, the product is considered a second.

  • Cracks- Cracks are a result of stress in the clay during the firing process.  The clay expands and contracts.  When the stress is too much for the clay to handle, it can cause a crack.  Cracks in 2nd quaity pottery do not affect the durability of the product and typically happen in the foot or base.

  • Bleeder- A bleeder is a discoloration in the glaze.  During the firing process a small piece of natural iron can melt and bleed through to the glaze.  If there is an excessive amount or the size of the bleed is beyond our first quality standards it will be considered a second.