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Types of Pottery

Types of Pottery

Ceramics
Originally from the Greek keramos meaning pottery.
Of or relating to the manufacture of, or any product such as earthenware, porcelain, or brick, made essentially from a nonmetallic mineral such as clay, by firing at a high temperature.


Clay
Clay is the basic material of pottery and has two distinct characteristics – it can be moulded and it hardens on firing to form a brittle but otherwise virtually indestructible material that is not harmed by any of the corrosive agents that attack metals or organic materials.

Pottery
Pottery is made of clay and is permanently hardened by firing in a kiln. The nature and type of pottery is determined by the composition of the clay and the way it is prepared, the temperature at which it is fired, and the glaze used. There are three basic types of pottery; Earthenware, Stoneware and Porcelain.

Earthenware
Earthenware was the first kind of pottery made, dating back about 9,000 years. In the 20th century, it is still widely used. It is pottery that has not been fired to the point of vitrification and is thus slightly porous and coarser than stoneware and porcelain. It is made waterproof by the application of a tin or clear glaze. Nearly all ancient, Continue reading

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