BAT - A slab or platform on which clay is handled; a circular device attached to the wheel-head.
BISQUE - Unglazed clay, fired at a low temperature.
BISQUE FIRING - The process of firing unglazed clay to a low temperature to harden the clay and drive the physical water from it. The approximate temperature of this firing is 1815 F.
CLAY BODY - A mixture of different types of clays and minerals for a specific ceramic purpose.
COIL CONSTRUCTION - Ropes of clay that are stacked to form a wall. This technique is one of the most commonly used hand-building methods.
GLAZE - A glassy coating that has been melted onto a ceramic surface.
GREENWARE - Unfired pottery that is bone-dry, a state in which clay forms are the most fragile.
KILN - Enclosed containers of various sizes- built of refractor brick and heated by electricity, gas, oil, or wood to temperatures from 1500 F. to 2340 F. in which pots are fired.
LEATHER HARD - Clay which is dried sufficiently to be stiff, but which is still damp enough to be joined to other pieces.
PLASTICITY - The property of a material enabling it to be shaped and to hold its form.
UNDERGLAZE - Colored decoration applied to bisqued clay, then coated with a clear glaze. Typically made of clay slip and raw pigment.
WEDGING - Method of kneading clay to make it homogenous; ridding the clay of all air pockets.
GLAZE FIRING - Typically the second firing of a piece pottery which has been coated with glass forming materials. The approximate temperature of this firing 2300.
SLUMP MOLD - A plaster form which is used to support wet clay in the early stages of construction.
PRESS MOLD - A plaster form which clay is compressed into, resulting in a repeatable shape or texture.
CENTERING - The act of aligning the clay on the potter's wheel in order to proceed with forming and shaping.
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