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features archive pottery video archive browse topics glossary faq about us This ceramics glossary is compiled from information found in Vince Pitelka's Clay: A Studio Handbook.
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acids


In clay and glaze chemistry, the glass-formers, which combine with bases (fluxes) and neutrals (refractories or stabilizers). Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook
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Additive A


A wood-extract product used as a clay additive to give greater plasticity, increase dry strength, and improve workability. Especially effective in bodies with a high percentage of kaolins. Does not change color of clay. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook
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additive a


A wood-extract product used as a clay additive to give greater plasticity, increase dry strength, and improve workability. Especially effective in bodies with a high percentage of kaolins. Does not change color of clay. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook
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agateware


Wares featuring swirling marbleized colors, resulting either from surface slip effects or marbleized colored clays.
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air-floated; air-floating


Industrial method used in processing of raw clays, where powdered clay is floated in an airstream to settle out heavier particles. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook
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air-set; air-setting


Castable refractory or mortar, which becomes hard and strong while still damp as a result chemical interaction with water. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook
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air-shutter


Adjustable shutter on the rear opening of an atmospheric burner, or on the blower intake of a power burner, used to regulate entrainment of primary air. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook
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Albany slip clay


Traditional dark brown slip clay used as liner-glaze in high-fired Early American wares. No longer being mined—use Alberta slip. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook
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