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Clay Terms

Clay Vocabulary

Bisque Unglazed fired pottery
Clay A decomposed granite type rock
Coiling A hand method of building pots using ropes or coils of clay
Decorative Ceramic pieces meant to be viewed but not having a specific purpose
Functional Ceramic pieces serving a useful purpose
Glaze A liquid suspension of finely ground minerals that is applied to the surface of bisque ware.
Greenware Unfired dried pottery
Kiln A furnace made of refractory clay materials use for firing clay items.
Leatherhard The condition of clay when most of the moisture has left the clay, but is still soft enough to be carved or burnished easily.
Pinch A hand method of forming pottery by pinching a bowl or object from a ball of plastic clay
Plastic The quality of clay retaining any given shape and form yet is still pliable and flexible
Pottery Ceramic containers
Slip Clay in liquid suspension
Slab A hand method of forming plastic clay into flat slabs, then cutting and joining the slabs together with slip
Shrinkage Contraction of the clay in either the drying or firing stages
Wedging Kneading plastic clay with fingers and heel of hand in a rocking motion which forces out trapped air pockets and develops a uniform texture.
Created by: broncocallis