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CLAY VOCABULARY. Qualities/States of Clay. Clay is a product from the earth that when heated becomes hard. Qualities/States of Clay. Geologically, clay comes from decomposed rock. It is typically carried by water and settles together in a particular area where it is mined. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation



  • Qualities/States of ClayClay is a product from the earth that when heated becomes hard.

  • Qualities/States of ClayGeologically, clay comes from decomposed rock. It is typically carried by water and settles together in a particular area where it is mined.

  • Qualities/States of ClayChemically, clay is a combination of Alumina, Silica, and water along with other minerals.

  • Qualities/States of ClayPhysically, clays crystal structure is that of tiny sheets with water between them. The sheets are held together but can slide past each other like a wet deck of playing cards.

  • Qualities/States of ClayHeat causes the clay to harden. At 600c the water is driven off and leaves a bonded alumina silicate structure. Further heat, 800c, causes melting of the silica and other materials into a vitrified, or glass like, substance.

  • Qualities/States of ClayThe clay that we use in this room is called Earthenware.

    Other types of clay are stoneware, typically used today to make dinnerware, and kaolin, a main ingredient in porcelain.

  • Handling the ClayThere are many procedures and techniques that you will learn throughout Ceramics.

    Each procedure serves a purpose and is meant to aid you in reaching success in your ceramic endeavors.

  • Handbuilding MethodsThere are four basic handbuilding methods you will learn this semester.SlabCoilPinch PotWheel

  • Slab BuildingA method of handbuilding in which flat slabs are created and then formed and adhered together at a leather hard state.Soft slabs can be draped over or into forms, rolled around cylinders or folded and curled.

  • Slab Boxes

  • Coil PotsMade from ropes or coils of clay. Layered one upon another to create the walls of the pot. Smooth coils or leave some coils exposed.

  • Coil Pot

  • Pinch PotA method of handbuilding involving inserting your thumb into the center of the clay body and using your thumb and fingers to pinch out the form.

  • Pinch Pot

  • ThrowingUsing the potter's wheel to make forms by hand from plastic clay

  • WedgingWorking clay on a surface with the palms of the hands in order to remove air from it and obtain a uniform consistency (evening out the particles) making it easier to work it.

  • Wedging

  • ScoringScoring clay is the method potters use to adhere two pieces of clay together. Simply use any pointed clay tool to make X shaped marks into the clay where you will be adhering another piece.

  • Scoring

  • SlipSlip is another name for clay glue. Slip is simply wet sticky clay. Slip can be applied by a paint brush or simply your finger. Do not use just water.

  • Slip

  • Score and Slip Cleanup

  • GrogFired clay that has been crushed into granules and added to a clay body to increase strength, control crying and reduce shrinking.

  • Stages of ClayAs clay dries out, it transitions through different stages. Each stage is equally important in that different techniques can be applied during different stages.It is extremely important to know and be able to determine the stage that your clay is in.

  • Stages of ClayPlastic wet, raw clay.In this state it is best to wedge and prepare your clay for building and construction. This is the softest form of clay and the easiest to manipulate.The clay feels wet and is a dark gray.

  • Stages of ClayLeatherhardIn this stage the clay has begun to lose most of its moisture. It can stand on its own and is no longer malleable, soft or easily molded.It is best to complete most carving and surface design techniques at this stage.Best stage to build 3-dimensionally.The clay feels damp and cold and is a dark gray.

  • Leatherhard- can not continue to remold but effective carving at this stage

  • Stages of ClayBone DryIn this stage, the clay is completely dry but has not yet gone through the kiln.The clay is in its most fragile form in this state and can easily break.The clay may feel powdery and will look very light gray.

  • Bone Dry-very brittle at this stage, ready for the bisque fire

  • Stages of ClayBisqueIn this state, the clay has gone through its first firing in the kiln.The clay is now vitrified and stronger. It is still fragile but can withstand pressure and handling.The clay is white in color.

  • Stages of ClayGlazed or FinalIn this stage, the clay has gone through the second firing and is complete. Glaze has been applied to all surfaces and the piece is ready for grading.

  • GreenwareAny pottery that has not been bisque fired. The clay could be wet, leather hard, or bone dry.

  • Greenware-all stages of unfired clay

  • There are two firings:BisqueGlazeFiring the Clay

  • KilnKilns are thermally insulated chambers, or ovens, in which controlled temperature regimes are produced. They are used to harden the clay body.

  • Kiln continued Kilns can be electric, natural gas, wood, coal, fuel oil or propane. Each kind of kiln will give the glaze firing a different effect. The most basic kiln is the electric.

    Note: we use electric kilns.

  • Electric Kiln

  • Bisque FiringThe first firing, without over glaze.

  • Glaze FiringThe final firing, with glaze.

  • Decoration and Design Techniques

  • High ReliefA strongly raised or deeply carved pattern.

  • Low ReliefA slightly raised or shallow carved pattern.

  • SgraffitoA decorative process by which a line is scratched through a layer of slip or glaze before firing to expose the clay body beneath. From the Italian, meaning scratched out.

  • Sgraffito

  • UnderglazeA colored decoration applied on raw or bisque ware before the glaze is applied.

  • (Over)glazeA glass-like surface coating that is used to decorate and seal the pores of the clay at a bisque state.

  • What exactly is glaze?Geologically, the major components of glaze come from the same place as clay. However, some of the lesser materials may be mined from variety of sources.

  • What exactly is glaze?Chemically, youll find 3 major compounds in a glaze: Silica, Alumina and a Flux. These occur in various proportions along with other subtances that give color.

  • What exactly is glaze?Heat causes the glaze ingredients to melt and form a glass. The Silica melts to a glass. The Flux allows the Silica to melt at a lower temperature. The Alumina leeps the molten glass from flowing off the pot.

  • What exactly is glaze?The look of glaze, its color and opacity, depend on the proportion of the 3 main ingredients, the addition of colorants, and the firing of the kiln.

  • Kiln During Firing-1800 degrees

  • Final State or Glazeware: finished glaze firing; ready to be unloaded


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