How to tell wheel–thrown from hand–made wares

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How to tell wheel–thrown from hand–made wares

Throwing on a wheel in the Roman tradition leaves typical horizontal throwing grooves on the inner side of the sherd. By contrast hand-made wares in the tradition of native potteries in south west England often show traces of finger-marks on the interior, even when the external surface has been smoothed by burnishing to appear very like wheel-thrown wares.