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eBay Australia's Pottery & Glass Buying Guide


Shop for gorgeous pottery and glass in every shade and shape, from every era and corner of the globe. Whether you are trying to put together a top notch collection or are just looking to complete your retro dinnerware set, you'll find a world of hidden treasures on eBay Australia. Start shopping for pottery and glass now on eBay Australia!

Discover Pottery & Glass Styles


Discover Pottery & Glass Styles

From famous-name glassmakers such as Murano, and Fenton, to treasured pottery and porcelain from Royal Doulton, Royal Albert, Noritake, Wedgwood, Royal Winton, Carlton Ware, and Staffordshire, popular pottery and glass collectables include:

  • Milk glass: Milk glass pieces are often an opaque, milky white, but may also be found in blue and green. Antique pieces may show translucence at the edges. Animal shapes (e.g., bunnies, hens) are especially popular. Historians believe that glassmakers in 18th century Europe created milk glass to serve as a substitute for the very expensive Chinese porcelain that was fashionable at the time.

  • Murano: Toward the end of the 13th century, the island of Murano became a glass-making powerhouse, in part because its glassmakers were the only ones who knew how to make mirrors and other forms of specialty glassware. Murano glass is still synonymous with the finest Italian art glass. Murano currently exports traditional products like mirrors and glassware, as well as art glass such as paperweights, glass beads, necklaces, and knickknacks.

  • Pattern glass: Pattern glass was popular in the late 1800s with the patterns originally helping to hide any defects in the machine-pressed glass. As many as 1,200 patterns may have been made. Many clear glass pieces exist, and some patterns were also made in colours such as blue, green, and amethyst.

  • Carnival glass: Carnival glass was also made in a wide array of patterns. Manufactured from 1895 to 1924, the glass was coated with a metallic salt solution that created a multicoloured iridescence. When the style lost its popularity, the glassware was often used as a prize for carnival games, and the name “carnival glass” stuck.

  • Depression glass: Depression glass received its name from none of than the Great Depression, an era which lasted from throughout the mid-20s to the 1940s. Throughout this period a range of affordable glassware was produced using lovely patterns and colours.

  • 40s, 50s & 60s glass: While browsing through glassware from the 40s, 50s and 60s its likely that you’ll find many retro pieces in an assortment of funky colours and patterns. If you are going for a retro home décor look and you will find many great vases and bowls to finish off the effect.

  • Australian pottery: Find some lovely Australian pottery by makers like Bendigo, Diana, Wembley, Pates, Brownie Downing, Raynham, Boyd, Remued and more. Find pottery vases in styles like retro or Aboriginal. Some Australian pottery makers also create themed pottery on animals like koalas, kookaburras, swans, and kangaroos.

  • Porcelain: Porcelain, also known as china, is a hard and white translucent ceramic. First made by the Chinese, these days you will also find Japanese porcelain and European porcelain of competitive quality. Popular porcelain pieces include fine tea sets, dinnerware, vases, figurines and decorative items. Collect beautiful porcelain pieces by Royal Doulton, Royal Albert, Noritake, Wedgwood, Royal Winton, Carlton Ware, Staffordshire and more on eBay Australia.

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Check Pottery & Glass Condition


Check Pottery & Glass Condition

While pottery and glass doesn’t have to be in perfect condition to be perfectly gorgeous, the condition of an item can affect its value. Here are a few things to consider before buying.

  • Chips: These may be shallow (close to the surface and not immediately visible) or deep (visible at first glance and easily felt). Flakes are commonly defined as shallow chips that are less than 0.63cm, while nicks are thought to be deep chips of less than 0.63cm. Also, pinpoint nicks are tiny, round nicks.

  • Cracks: A crack may go entirely through a piece, affecting its structural integrity or external appearance. Small, narrow hairline cracks don’t affect structural integrity, and aren’t easily visible. And crazing is a series of hairline, web-like cracks in the surface of weathered materials.

  • Flaws: In glass, manufacturing flaws can be nearly anything: bubbles under the surface of the glass, cooling marks where hot glass has cooled, sand deposits left behind from manufacturing, or pontil marks on the bottom (where an item was removed from the glass blowing rod). In pottery, manufacturing flaws include glaze pops where a bubble popped during firing, skips where the glaze didn’t cover the pottery, and kiln marks that show where the item touched the kiln or another item while firing.

  • Scratches: These can be light (like the marks made by using utensils) or deep (penetrating into the surface of an item and able to be felt).

  • Stains: Can be left permanently by water or food in contact with a vessel for a long time.


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Find Pottery & Glass on eBay Australia


Find Pottery & Glass on eBay Australia

Once you know what type of pottery and glass you want, go to the Pottery & Glass portal, and start searching for item listings on eBay Australia.

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  • Categories: The Categories list on the left side of each page will help you narrow down your listings by item type. You'll find links for Porcelain and Pottery, Glass, Australian Pottery, and Stoneware. Keep clicking, and you’ll be able to display items by brand.

  • Keyword search: Search eBay Australia listing titles for specific words. For example, if you want to find pink glass, type "pink glass" (without quotation marks) into the Search box. Click "Search title and description" to expand your results. Visit eBay Australia's Search Tips page for more tips on searching with keywords.

If you can't find exactly what you want, try shopping eBay Stores, tell sellers what you want by creating a posting on Want It Now, or save a search on My eBay and get notified by email when a match becomes available.


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Buy With Confidence


Buy With Confidence

Before making your purchase, make sure you know exactly what you're buying, research your seller, and understand how eBay Australia and PayPal protect you.

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Know your purchase

Carefully read the details in item listings.

  • Figure delivery costs into your final price. If you spend a lot of money, make sure the seller will insure the item when it ships.

  • If you want more information, ask by clicking the "Ask seller a question" link under the seller's profile.

  • Always make sure to complete your transaction on eBay Australia (with a bid, Buy It Now, or Best Offer). Transactions conducted outside of eBay Australia are not covered by eBay Australia protection programs.

  • Never pay for your eBay Australia item using instant cash wire transfer services through Western Union or MoneyGram. These payment methods are unsafe when paying someone you do not know.

Know your seller

Research your seller so you feel positive and secure about every transaction.

  • What is the seller's Feedback rating? How many transactions have they completed? What percentage of positive responses do they have?

  • What do buyers say in their Feedback? Did the seller receive praise?

  • Most top eBay Australia sellers operate like retail stores and have return policies. Do they offer a money-back guarantee? What are the terms and conditions?

Buyer protection

In the unlikely event that a problem arises during your transaction, eBay Australia and PayPal are there for you.

  • Pay safely with PayPal: PayPal enables you to pay without the seller ever seeing your bank account or credit card numbers. In fact, PayPal protects buyers 100% against unauthorised payments from their accounts. Plus, with PayPal Buyer Protection, your purchase can be covered up to $1,500.

  • eBay Australia Security & Resolution Centre: Visit the Security & Resolution Centre to learn how to protect your account and use eBay Australia's quick and efficient resolution tools.


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Need More Help?


Need More Help?

Visit our help pages or start a thread on one of our Community Discussion Boards - If you have a quick question that needs answering, try posting it on our community Answer Centre - there's bound to be a seasoned eBay Australia veteran with just the information you're looking for!


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Legal Disclaimer

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