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  1. The term throw comes from Old English meaning spin. A piece of clay is placed on a potter's wheel head which spins. The clay is shaped by compression while it is in motion.

  2. Starting with a ball of clay the potter opens a hole into the ball and forms a bowl shape through a combination of stroking and pinching the clay.

  3. Objects made of clay fired sufficiently high in temperature for a chemical change to take place in the clay body, usually over 1550 degrees F or 850 degrees C.

  4. is a machine used in the shaping of round ceramic ware. Can be electric or driven by foot.

  5. A high-fire clay. Stoneware is waterproof even without glaze; the resulting ware is sturdier than earthenware.

  6. A low-fire clay. Porous and not waterproof. To be functional, It must be glazed.

6 True/False questions

  1. KilnAn oven for firing, drying, baking, hardening, or burning a substance, particularly clay products. It can be electric, natural gas, wood, coal, fuel oil
    or propane.


  2. Handbuilding
    One of the oldest craft techniques in which objects are constructed entirely by hand.


  3. Terracotta
    A brownish-orange earthenware clay body commonly used for ceramic


  4. Slip
    A fine, liquid form of clay applied to the surface of a vessel prior to firing. Typically slip can be used either for decorative purposes, or as a glue to hold two pieces of clay together to form one item. Also used when joining 2 pieces of clay.


  5. CoilingClay is hardened by heating it to a high temperature, fusing the clay particles.
    The two basic atmospheres, oxidation and reduction, affect the color of the final piece.


  6. Bone Dry StageNo visible moisture. no dampness to touch. Clay is ready to be fired