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In the beginning stages of working on the potter’s wheel, many students encounter frustrations with cracking ware. Every potter is occasionally humbled by the sight of their favorite pot displaying a crack. In fact, the one constant when working with clay is that, at some point, something will crack. Fractures can occur at any time during the forming, drying and firing stages, or, in some instances, even many years later.
Ceramic pigments are substances that develop color in inorganic solids (ceramic or glass) and are capable of dispersing themselves at high processing temperatures without dissolution or chemical reaction. Pigments can provide a full range of colors and are often the preferred coloring agent of end users because of their high thermal stability.
While crazing is classified as a glaze defect, it can also be corrected by adjusting the clay body. The goal is to adjust the glaze and clay body to cool at a compatible rate with the glaze coming under slight compression.
Like anything that’s been around for thousands of years, the combination of science and art that is pottery has built up an enormous amount of folklore and superstitions. Jeff Zamek separates fact from fiction.
Since pottery is an endeavor that involves many steps—any of which can cause total failure—potters often misguidedly cling to a set method or technique that they think will provide a guaranteed result.
The making of ceramic objects is, at best, part science and part intuitive art. In the past, the basic science of pottery production was somewhat hit or miss. Without an extensive understanding of the underlying theories concerning ceramic materials, potters were often left with myths and inaccurate information on forming techniques, glaze formulas and firing processes.