Do you glaze before or after you fire?2018-07-10T18:23:06+05:30

Most pottery is fired twice (or in some cases 3 or more time!). The first firing is called the bisque, then there is a second firing for the glaze. This is the way youprobably learned, and they way you probably do it. But it is possible to fire only once.

Can you put glaze on greenware?2018-07-10T18:22:21+05:30

Glazes are used almost exclusively on bisque. Occasionally, with certain techniques,you may apply glaze to greenware, but it is generally not done. The reason for this is that greenware should be fired to cone 04 and glaze to cone 06. During agreenware firing moisture and gases escape from the clay.

What is an underglaze in ceramics?2018-07-10T18:21:23+05:30

Underglazes are used in pottery to create designs and patterns that will come up through the glaze covering them, which can give the surface more visual depth and character. Although they are often used under clear glazes, they can also be used under other, generally light colored, transparent glazes

What is a greenware in ceramics?2018-07-10T18:20:08+05:30

Ceramic Greenware. … As potters also refer to wet or dry clay wares from the wheel or hand-built as Greenware (usually just referencing “Green” rather thangreenware), a simpler definition for Ceramic Greenware would be “any wet or dry clay based object before the first (bisque) firing”.

What is clay called before it is fired?2018-07-10T18:19:19+05:30

Clay ware takes on varying physical characteristics during the making of pottery. … Bisque refers to the clay after the object is shaped to the desired form and fired in the kiln for the first time, known as “bisque fired” or “biscuit fired“.

What are the stages of clay in ceramics?2018-07-10T18:18:34+05:30
The 6 Stages of Clay
  • Slip: Clay suspended in water. …
  • Workable clay. Strong enough to hold its shape, and able to bend without breaking. …
  • Leather Hard: Drying clay that still has some flexibility. …
  • Bone Dry: Clay that has dried out and is ready to fire in the kiln. …
  • Clay that has been fired once. …
  • Glaze ware:
What do you call a person who makes pottery?2018-07-10T18:17:36+05:30

Someone who makes pottery is usually called a “potter” in English. The place they do this is “a pottery“. They make “pots” which is just a word for any vessel (at one time made of clay). … The older English term is a “Crocker”.

What clay is used in ceramics?2018-07-10T18:16:33+05:30

Porcelain. A high-firing fine-grained white clay body that fires to a durable, strong, vitreous ceramic. It is usually pure white because of its high kaolin content and lack of other ingredients like iron that can change the color and properties.

Can electricity be conducted through ceramic?2018-07-10T18:15:47+05:30

Other ceramics, such as silicon carbide, do not conduct electricity as well, but may still act as semiconductors. (A semiconductor is a material with greater electrical conductivity than an insulator has but with less than that of a good conductor.)

Is Clay is a ceramic?2018-07-10T18:14:48+05:30

Also, clay is the raw material, ceramic and pottery are generally the same thing, just semantics, but some would disagree on definitions, porcelain is high fired, terra cotta or earthenware is generally low fired.

Are ceramics brittle?2018-07-10T18:13:57+05:30

The two most common chemical bonds for ceramic materials are covalent and ionic. For metals, the chemical bond is called the metallic bond. The bonding of atoms together is much stronger in covalent and ionic bonding than in metallic. That is why, generally speaking, metals are ductile and ceramics are brittle.

How ceramics are formed?2018-07-10T18:13:00+05:30

The next step is to form the ceramic particles into a desired shape. This is accomplished by the addition of water and/or additives such as binders, followed by a shape forming process. Some of the most common forming methods for ceramics include extrusion, slip casting, pressing, tape casting and injection molding.

Is ceramic expensive?2018-07-10T18:12:11+05:30

Machining is generally very hard to do for most ceramics. … It is perfectly normal that a ceramic case is more expensive than a steel or even titanium case. However, it will not likely exceed the cost of a gold or platinum case, as the materials used are not that precious

What are the three basic types of ceramics?2018-07-10T18:11:16+05:30

All ceramics can be assigned to one of three basic categories, depending on what type of clay is used and the temperature at which it is fired: earthenware,stoneware, and porcelain. I work primarily with porcelain.

How are ceramics used?2018-07-10T18:09:35+05:30

While often hidden, ceramic materials are critical for nearly everything that makes modern life possible. Applications as diverse as computers and cell phones, jet engines and military armor, skis and tennis rackets, and dental crowns and knee and hip replacements are all enabled by ceramic materials and technologies.

In addition, alternative energy applications such as solar power, LED lighting, hydrogen fuel cells, and nuclear power, all require ceramic materials. Medical researchers have even developed tiny robots called “nanobots” using ceramic materials that are inserted into patients to deliver medicine or repair damage.

Why is cooking with clay better than other materials?2018-07-10T18:08:30+05:30

Cooking in pottery is a smooth and uniform procedure, as the clay is a poor head conductor and the heat is transferred slowly. That allows the ingredients to be cooked in a more natural way. Its thermic properties keeps the food warm for a long time and also its flavor and aroma.

What is the difference between glazed and full-body tiles?2018-07-10T18:07:13+05:30

Glazed tiles are coated with a liquid glass, which is then baked into the surface of the clay. The glaze provides an unlimited array of colors and designs as well as protects the tile from staining. The unglazed tiles are pretty much the same as the glazed tile, except that their surface is not coated. Full-body porcelain tiles do not show wear because their color extends throughout the tile, making them ideal for commercial applications.

What are the recommended sizes of tiles to be used in my house?2018-07-05T14:28:34+05:30

Ultimately depending on your house area and the area of the room to be tiled, the exact look and feel depends upon individual tastes. If you are tiling your walls, the general usage is as follows:


  • Small Kitchens: 4×4
  • Medium-sized Kitchens: 8×4 or 8×6 or 12×8
  • Large-sized Kitchens: 16×12 or 12×8

Corridors: 24×12 or 16×12
External walls: 24×12 or 12×6
Small Service Areas: 4×4

If you are tiling your floors, the general usage is as follows:


  • Small to Medium bathrooms: 8×8
  • Medium to Large bathrooms: 12×12

Living rooms
Small to Medium sized: 18×18 or 12×12
Large sized: 24×24
Lobbies & Verandahs: Hexagonal or 18×18
Halls & Public places: 24×24 or 18×18

What are the different sizes of tiles available in the market (Wall & Floor)?2018-07-05T14:26:33+05:30

Typically the following sizes of tiles are generally available in the market:

Wall Tiles

  • 24×12
  • 16×12
  • 12×8
  • 8×6
  • 8×4
  • 4×4
  • 6×6
  • Third fired luster tiles and listellos.
  • Wall Borders (Varying sizes)

Floor Tiles

  • 24×24
  • 18×18
  • 16×16
  • 15×15
  • 12×12
  • 8×8
  • Hexagonal shaped tiles
  • Octagonal shaped tiles
  • Floor Borders (Varying sizes)
Can a floor tile be used on wall and vice versa?2018-07-05T14:24:15+05:30

We do not recommend because the floor tile is much heavier than a wall tile. It is less porous and absorbent. The chances to adhere to the vertical surface is lesser than in a wall tile. This will result in the floor tile being easily dislodged from the surface and also cracking. However it is an individual’s choice if he is still ready to take risks, he can use the floor tiles on the wall.

Can Ceramic tiles be used outdoors?2018-07-05T14:23:30+05:30

To be used outdoors, the tile must be unglazed for floor use. Make sure the absorption rate is 0.5% or less.

How do I maintain and care for Ceramic Tile?2018-07-05T14:18:07+05:30

No need to wax or polish glazed Tiles. Simply wiping glazed Tile with a damp sponge or sponge mop is all that is necessary for daily maintenance. In case stains persist if it is not removed with detergent, use diluted hydrochloric acid or muriatic acid.

What is the difference between polished and unpolished?2018-07-05T14:17:10+05:30

Vitrified tiles come in polished and unpolished finishes. As the name goes, the polished tiles have sheen while the unpolished ones do not have sheen.

What is the average lifetime of tile flooring?2018-07-05T14:15:58+05:30

Ceramic tile floors can last a lifetime with proper installation and maintenance. Unglazed tile shows less wear than glazed tile and will survive longer in high traffic areas. Porcelain tile lasts the longest.

What are the differences between stone and ceramic tiles?2018-07-05T14:15:05+05:30

Stone is a natural material with an intrinsic beauty. The surface of stone is varied. Ceramic tiles are manufactured products, offering a more uniform surface. Stone flooring requires periodic professional deep cleaning while ceramic tile is relatively easy to clean. Stone is porous, making it more susceptible to staining, and stone is usually much more expensive than ceramic tiles.

What are the benefits of ceramic tile flooring?2018-07-05T14:14:20+05:30

Ceramic tile flooring offers several advantages. It is:

  • Durable—it lasts for years and years.
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Moisture and stain resistance
  • Hygienic—resisting bacteria and allergens
  • Resistant to wear and high temperatures
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Available in an incredible choice of shapes, designs, sizes and colors
  • Can be installed almost anywhere
How does porcelain tile differ from ceramic tile?2018-07-05T14:13:31+05:30

Ceramic tiles are any kiln-fired clay-based tiles. Porcelain tile is a specific type of ceramic tile. It is made from porcelain clay and is fired at extremely high temperatures. It is a very dense tile and virtually does not absorb water. Porcelain is the hardest and strongest commercial tile available. The average PEI rating of porcelain is 5.

Non-porcelain ceramic is made from various red and white clays. It does not need to be fired at as high a temperature, and is not as durable or moisture resistant as porcelain. The average PEI range of non-Porcelain tiles is 0-3.

What are porcelain floor tiles? How are they made?2018-07-05T14:12:13+05:30

Porcelain floor tiles are made of a type of ceramic composed of fine-grained porcelain clay and minerals. They are shaped and then fired at very high temperatures. By doing so, they become extremely solid and moisture resistant. They have a water absorption rate below 0.5%.

How are ceramic floor tiles made?2018-07-05T14:11:14+05:30

First the clay is molded into a desired shape. Next it is colored. Then it is fired in a kiln at very hot temperatures ranging between 1000°C – 1250°C (1832° – 2282° F). Glazed ceramic tiles require a second firing.

What are ceramic floor tiles?2018-07-05T14:10:26+05:30

Ceramic floor tiles are made mostly of clay, with the addition of sand, and other natural minerals. They have been used for indoor and outdoor flooring for thousands of years. They can be glazed or unglazed.

Ceramic History2018-06-25T15:09:00+05:30

Archeologists have uncovered human-made ceramics that date back to at least 24,000 BC. These ceramics were found in Czechoslovakia and were in the form of animal and human figurines, slabs, and balls. These ceramics were made of animal fat and bone mixed with bone ash and a fine claylike material. After forming, the ceramics were fired at temperatures between 500-800°C in domed and horseshoe shaped kilns partially dug into the ground with loess walls. While it is not clear what these ceramics were used for, it is not thought to have been a utilitarian one. The first use of functional pottery vessels is thought to be in 9,000 BC. These vessels were most likely used to hold and store grain and other foods.

It is thought that ancient glass manufacture is closely related to pottery making, which flourished in Upper Egypt about 8,000 BC. While firing pottery, the presence of calcium oxide (CaO) containing sand combined with soda and the overheating of the pottery kiln may have resulted in a colored glaze on the ceramic pot. Experts believe that it was not until 1,500 BC that glass was produced independently of ceramics and fashioned into separate items.

Since these ancient times, the technology and applications of ceramics (including glass) has steadily increased. We often take for granted the major role that ceramics have played in the progress of humankind. Below are just a few examples of how important ceramics are to society.

The properties of ceramic2018-06-25T15:08:07+05:30

The properties of ceramic materials, like all materials, are dictated by the types of atoms present, the types of bonding between the atoms, and the way the atoms are packed together. This is known as the atomic scale structure. Most ceramics are made up of two or more elements. This is called a compound. For example, alumina (Al2O3), is a compound made up of aluminum atoms and oxygen atoms.

The atoms in ceramic materials are held together by a chemical bond. The two most common chemical bonds for ceramic materials are covalent and ionic. For metals, the chemical bond is called the metallic bond. The bonding of atoms together is much stronger in covalent and ionic bonding than in metallic. That is why, generally speaking, metals are ductile and ceramics are brittle. Due to ceramic materials wide range of properties, they are used for a multitude of applications. In general, most ceramics are:

  • hard,
  • wear-resistant,
  • brittle,
  • refractory,
  • thermal insulators,
  • electrical insulators,
  • nonmagnetic,
  • oxidation resistant,
  • prone to thermal shock, and
  • chemically stable.
How Ceramic processing2018-06-25T15:07:07+05:30

Ceramic processing is used to produce commercial products that are very diverse in size, shape, detail, complexity, and material composition, structure, and cost.  The purpose of ceramics processing to an applied science is the natural result of an increasing ability to refine, develop, and characterize ceramic materials.

Ceramics are typically produced by the application of heat upon processed clays and other natural raw materials to form a rigid product. Ceramic products that use naturally occurring rocks and minerals as a starting material must undergo special processing in order to control purity, particle size, particle size distribution, and heterogeneity. These attributes play a big role in the final properties of the finished ceramic. Chemically prepared powders also are used as starting materials for some ceramic products. These synthetic materials can be controlled to produce powders with precise chemical compositions and particle size.

The next step is to form the ceramic particles into a desired shape. This is accomplished by the addition of water and/or additives such as binders, followed by a shape forming process. Some of the most common forming methods for ceramics include extrusion, slip casting, pressing, tape casting and injection molding. After the particles are formed, these “green” ceramics undergo a heat-treatment (called firing or sintering) to produce a rigid, finished product. Some ceramic products such as electrical insulators, dinnerware and tile may then undergo a glazing process. Some ceramics for advanced applications may undergo a machining and/or polishing step in order meet specific engineering design criteria.

What is Ceramic?2018-06-25T15:03:13+05:30

Ceramics are classified as inorganic and nonmetallic materials that are essential to our daily lifestyle.  Ceramic and materials engineers are the people who design the processes in which these products can be made, create new types of ceramic products, and find different uses for ceramic products in everyday life.

            Ceramics are all around us.  This category of materials includes things like tile, bricks, plates, glass, and toilets.  Ceramics can be found in products like watches (quartz tuning forks-the time keeping devices in watches), snow skies (piezoelectric-ceramics that stress when a voltage is applied to them), automobiles (spark plugs and ceramic engine parts found in race cars), and phone lines.  They can also be found on space shuttles, appliances (enamel coatings), and airplanes (nose cones).  Depending on their method of formation, ceramics can be dense or lightweight.  Typically, they will demonstrate excellent strength and hardness properties; however, they are often brittle in nature.  Ceramics can also be formed to serve as electrically conductive materials, objects allowing electricity to pass through their mass, or insulators, materials preventing the flow of electricity.  Some ceramics, like superconductors, also display magnetic properties.

Ceramics are generally made by taking mixtures of clay, earthen elements, powders, and water and shaping them into desired forms.  Once the ceramic has been shaped, it is fired in a high temperature oven known as a kiln.  Often, ceramics are covered in decorative, waterproof, paint-like substances known as glazes.

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