Everything about handmade pottery involves hands touching and feeling.
Hands push squeeze and wedge the moist clay. Muscle memory in the hands of the potter coax the clay into the shape of the makers vision. Hands hold the tools to trim the vessel refining it's form. Hands load the vessel into the kiln, fire the kiln then unload the vessel from the kiln. Hands glaze the vessel then send it through the kiln again.
When a ceramic vessel is finished you can look at it to see color, sheen and shape but you can't know that vessel until you hold it in your hands.
When you hold the vessel you will know the finish to be smooth, satiny soft, stony, rough or otherwise textured. You will feel the comfortable curves coaxed from the moist clay and made permanent by the fire of the kiln. Your hands will find the crisp edges and bumps created by it's maker or those little indentations perfectly placed and shaped for your fingers to easily grasp and lift. How else but by touch will you know if the vessel is as light as a feather or has significant heft to keep it grounded or hold in heat.
The touch of the potter is what creates the vessel and the touch of the user is what gives the vessel life. So the next time you go into a pottery store or a pottery booth at an art show or craft fair don't be afraid - you simply must touch that piece of pottery to know all about it