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A Glossary of Ceramic art technical terms?
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CLAY

fine grain sediment, which becomes plastic when wet and turns rigid at high temperatures.

STONEWARE

earthenware that contains vitreous material and is suitable for firing at 1300 deg C becoming rock hard

PORCELAIN

white and translucent vitrified body, the finest ceramic material

SLIP

liquid mixture of clay and water

SLIP CASTING

obtaining ceramic forms by pouring slip into plaster molds

PAPERCLAY

a mix of clay and paper fiber to increase plasticity

OXIDES

chemical compounds, heat resistant,  used in liquid state for coloring ceramics

GLAZES

vitreous material, with high content of silica, producing a glass-like coating

OXIDIZING FIRING

oxygen rich atmosphere in the kiln

REDUCING FIRING

oxygen poor atmosphere in the kiln, good for eliminating iron from the ceramic body, especially porcelain


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