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registration marks; keys

Posted On May 29, 2009 0 Comments
In plaster slip-casting molds, small rounded depressions carved in each parting face of a mold segment, so that when adjacent segments are cast a corresponding bump will form. In use, the keys allow the mold segments to be aligned and assembled securely after the original prototype is removed. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook

refractory

Posted On May 29, 2009 0 Comments
Capable of withstanding very high temperatures. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook

refractories

Posted On May 29, 2009 0 Comments
Any materials highly resistant to the effects of heat. In kiln construction, high-temperature insulating materials, such as firebrick, ceramic fiber, etc. In clay and glaze chemistry, the neutrals or stabilizers that are resistant to melting and that combine with the fluxes (bases) and glass-formers (acids). Primary refractory material in ceramics is alumina, most often introduced… Read More »

reduction firing

Posted On May 29, 2009 0 Comments
In fuel-burning kilns, firing atmosphere with insufficient oxygen to completely combust fuel, introducing abundance of unoxidized carbon and hydrogen, which extract oxygen molecules from surface of wares, altering appearance of clay and glaze. See climbing reduction. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook

reduction cooling

Posted On May 29, 2009 0 Comments
In a fuel kiln, maintaining slight reduction atmosphere during cooling cycle, from maturing temperature down to approximately 1400° F, in order to minimize reoxidation of clay and/or glazes. See reoxidation. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook

reduction

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Chemical reaction in which oxygen atoms are removed from a compound. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook

reducing agent

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Material such as silicon carbide used in clay or glaze to create localized reducing conditions in an oxidation firing. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook

reduce

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To induce reduction. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook

red-figure style

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In ancient Greek ceramics, Classical stage of vase painting, featuring figures in red against black background, with highlights painted in black and white. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook

Redart

Posted On May 29, 2009 0 Comments
Brick-red earthenware clay, produced by Cedar Heights Clay Company. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook