Ceramics are made at high temperatures so
chemical and physical reactions will occur to permanently alter the
unfired clay. In the case of my art, the clay materials are shaped,
dried and then fired in a kiln. The final characteristics are determined
by the composition and preparation of the clay body and by the
temperature at which the ware is fired. Clay consists of fine-grained
particles, that are relatively weak and porous. Clay is combined with
other minerals to create a workable clay body. While the clay is
un-fired and drying its in a very vulnerable state and can break easily.
Part of the firing process includes sintering. This heats the clay
until the particles partially melt and flow together. This creates a
strong, single ware, composed of a glassy finish. Click here for more information regarding example ceramic materials.
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