A kiln in which the firing platform is stationary, but the body of the kiln rolls out of the way horizontally on tracks. Often equipped with two firing platforms to be fired alternately. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook
Primary air drawn into an atmospheric burner, or mechanically injected into a power burner. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook
Colored slips formulated to have low drying shrinkage, allowing application to bone-dry or bisque-fired surface before glazing.
Very low temperature (cone 018) glaze colors applied over a previously fired higher-temperature glaze. Allow greater detail, brighter colors than other ceramic glaze effects, but are vulnerable to surface abrasion. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook
Any of a group of slightly over 100 substances on earth that may exist as individual atoms, and from which all materials on earth are composed.
A self-glazing clay body in which soluble alkaline fluxes effloresce to the surface as the piece dries, and subsequently form a thin glassy coating in the firing. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook
Formation of crystalline deposits on surface of clay or concrete as soluble compounds migrate to surface during drying. See Egyptian paste. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook
Natural low-fire secondary clay—fluxed with iron, fires porous. Often called “common” clay, found almost everywhere, matures below 2000°F. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook
Low-fired ware, usually still porous after firing—must be sealed with vitreous glaze to be functional. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook
Traditional term referring to serious cracking occurring in cooling, resulting from drawing too soon, from extreme excessive glaze-compression, or from low thermal shock-resistance in overvitrified wares resulting from overfluxing and/or over-firing. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook