Ceramics Final Exam Review

clay body

a mixture or blend of two or more clays and/or clay like material designed for a special type of pottery

damp closet

a box, cupboard, closet or room that is kept very humid and unventilated it is used to store unfinished work so the clay will not dry out (we are using plastic bags)


a thin coating of glass, it is applied to the pottery as a raw ingredient in carefully balanced proportions, which melt at specific temperatures and then allowed to cool.

green ware

the dry or unfired clay.


the quality of clay which permits i to be readily shaped into different forms without cracking, crumbling or sagging


the quality of being filled with air spaces, of absorbing, or soaking up liquid


water and clay the consistency of heavy cream, used to join sections of clay

bisque firing

the first firing of greenware at a low temperature.

bisque ware

pottery that has been fired once-not glazed

bone dry

clay that is completely dry, ready to be fired


rubbing a piece of hard clay to make it smooth


long, round snake of clay


a furnace, built of a refractory material, for firing ceramic ware

leather hard

clay that has been allowed to dry, but can still be carved or joined


using the thumb and forefingers to shape a ball of clay into a bow


helps to adhere pieces of clay together for hand building construction


a piece of clay that has been rolled out to a even consistency and get the clay platelets lined up in the same direction


clay fired over 1115 degrees F