We should warn you about a phenomenon of the past three decades in Greece. Many companies simply shivery a vase and then applies silk screen printing. This means that only the donkey work of the jar is handmade. All the rest is screen printing.During recent months wonderfully and large vase copies are marketed in Greece which are identical to the prototypes but unfortunately they are “made in China”.So you pay for a large vase 2000 E, while the actual value is 150 E.
There are three methods to identify the rogue:
The first is to buy two small cheap vases and compare them. If they are identical, then you are a victim of fraud. When I paint the same figure in 100 vases all 100 will be different. It’s not possible for two hand made vases to be 100% identical. Usually the faces I paint may have a sad, happy or surprised expression but they cant be identicall with the prototypes, nor they will have the same aging with them. It’s IMPOSSIBLE.
The second one is two carefully search among the websites of painters like me for pictures showing their workshop and themself do the actuall hand paint themselves.
The third and the best method is to email them with a picture of a vase that they dont have in their collection and ask them to make it for you. If he/she refuses its clear he is rogue because he is not going to buy silk screen printings for making just one vase but mostly beacause he dosn’t know how to paint that well.
I also have to mention that that from Greek law it’s forbidden to reproduce copies of ancient pieces of art without differences from the originals.
One final note is for you who have shops, or e-shops and sell ceramics with silk screen printings as hand made even if you are not aware of that you are also in danger of getting sued by your clients if they find out and also considered as rogue.So be careful.