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A ceramic is a solid material comprising an inorganic compound of metal, non-metal or metalloid atoms primarily held in ionic and covalent bond it. The modern ceramic materials, which are classified as advanced ceramics, include silicon carbide and tungsten carbide. Take up this Ceramics Terms Quiz and refresh your memory.


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  • 1. 

    Unlike the technique creating pottery on the potter's wheel, this method of building pots involves using only the hands and simple tools.

    • A.

      Slab construction

    • B.

      Handbuilding

    • C.

      Pinching

    Correct Answer
    B. Handbuilding
    Explanation
    Handbuilding is the correct answer because it refers to the method of building pots using only the hands and simple tools, as mentioned in the question. This technique does not involve the use of a potter's wheel, unlike slab construction and pinching. Handbuilding allows for more freedom and creativity in shaping the pottery, as it relies solely on the hands and tools to mold and manipulate the clay.

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  • 2. 

    This form of clay acts as a "glue" to connect pieces of pottery together while hand-building. 

    • A.

      Slip

    • B.

      Scoring

    • C.

      Greenware

    Correct Answer
    A. Slip
    Explanation
    Slip is a form of clay that acts as a "glue" to connect pieces of pottery together while hand-building. Slip is a liquid clay mixture that is applied to the surfaces of the pottery pieces before joining them together. It helps to create a strong bond between the pieces, ensuring that they stay connected during the firing process. Slip also helps to smooth out any imperfections or gaps between the joined pieces, resulting in a more seamless and finished appearance.

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  • 3. 

    This term (2 words) refers to a method of joining two pieces of clay together.

    • A.

      Hand Building

    • B.

      Wax Resist

    • C.

      Score and Slip

    Correct Answer
    C. Score and Slip
    Explanation
    Score and Slip refers to a method of joining two pieces of clay together. It involves scoring the surface of both pieces with shallow cuts or scratches, and then applying a slip, which is a mixture of clay and water, to create a strong bond between the two pieces. This technique is commonly used in hand building pottery, where clay is shaped by hand rather than using a pottery wheel. By scoring and slipping, the clay pieces can be securely attached to each other, allowing for the creation of larger and more complex forms.

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  • 4. 

    When speaking of clay, we refer to three basic stages of dryness. They are:

    • A.

      Greenware, Bisque, Leather Hard

    • B.

      Slip, Greenware, Bisque

    • C.

      Wet, Leather Hard and Bone Dry.

    Correct Answer
    C. Wet, Leather Hard and Bone Dry.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Wet, Leather Hard and Bone Dry. These three stages of dryness are commonly used when referring to clay. Wet clay refers to freshly prepared clay that is soft and pliable. Leather hard clay is partially dried clay that is firm but still slightly flexible. Bone dry clay is completely dried clay that is ready to be fired in a kiln. The other options mentioned in the question are not the correct stages of dryness for clay.

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  • 5. 

    This is a method of hand-building in which the clay is shaped by inserting the thumb of one hand into the clay and lightly pinching with the thumb and fingers while slowly rotating the ball in the palm of the other hand.

    • A.

      Slab building

    • B.

      Pinching

    • C.

      Throwing on the wheel

    Correct Answer
    B. Pinching
    Explanation
    Pinching is a method of hand-building in which the clay is shaped by inserting the thumb of one hand into the clay and lightly pinching with the thumb and fingers while slowly rotating the ball in the palm of the other hand. This technique allows the artist to have more control over the shape and form of the clay. It is a simple and direct way of creating pottery without the need for any tools or equipment.

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  • 6. 

    In this technique, flat slabs of clay are pressed into molds in order to create various shapes or forms.

    • A.

      Molding

    • B.

      Pinching

    • C.

      Coiling

    Correct Answer
    A. Molding
    Explanation
    Molding is the correct answer because it involves pressing flat slabs of clay into molds to create different shapes or forms. This technique allows for precise and consistent results, as the clay is pressed into a pre-made mold. It is a common technique used in pottery and ceramics to create objects with specific designs or patterns.

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  • 7. 

    This is the technique of building ceramic forms by rolling out coils, or ropes, of clay and joining them together with the fingers or a tool.

    • A.

      Coiling

    • B.

      Throwing

    • C.

      Pinching

    Correct Answer
    A. Coiling
    Explanation
    Coiling is the technique of building ceramic forms by rolling out coils or ropes of clay and joining them together with the fingers or a tool. This method allows the artist to create various shapes and sizes by layering the coils and smoothing them together. It is a versatile technique that can be used to create both functional and decorative pottery.

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  • 8. 

    This is the technique of pressing forms into the clay to get decorative effects.

    • A.

      Sgraffito

    • B.

      Applique

    • C.

      Stamping

    Correct Answer
    C. Stamping
    Explanation
    Stamping is the correct answer because it involves pressing forms into the clay to create decorative effects. This technique typically uses stamps or other objects with raised designs to leave impressions on the clay's surface. By pressing these forms onto the clay, unique patterns and textures can be achieved, adding visual interest and detail to the finished piece.

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  • 9. 

    This is the form of enhancing pottery constructions by using the score and slip technique to add decorative pieces of clay to the surface of the work.

    • A.

      Applique

    • B.

      Scoring and slipping

    • C.

      Stamping

    Correct Answer
    A. Applique
    Explanation
    The correct answer is applique. Applique is a technique in pottery where decorative pieces of clay are added to the surface of the work. This is done by using the score and slip technique, which involves scoring the surface of the clay and applying slip (a mixture of clay and water) to create a strong bond between the decorative piece and the main body of the pottery. Stamping, on the other hand, refers to the process of impressing designs or patterns onto the clay surface using stamps or other tools.

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  • 10. 

    This is the method of creating designs in the clay with a needle tool to decorate a piece of pottery in progress.

    • A.

      Pinching

    • B.

      Incising

    • C.

      Sgraffito

    Correct Answer
    B. Incising
    Explanation
    Incising is the correct answer because it involves creating designs in the clay using a needle tool to decorate pottery in progress. This technique allows the artist to make shallow cuts or lines on the surface of the clay, adding texture and intricate details to the piece. It is a common method used in pottery to enhance the visual appeal and create unique patterns or images on the surface of the clay.

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  • 11. 

    This method of creating designs by folding different colored clays together into "rods", then slicing them as if you were slicing rolled cookies, is also used to create glass beads. The term (2 words) is Italian for "a million flowers."

    • A.

      Majolica

    • B.

      Sgraffito

    • C.

      Mille Fiore

    Correct Answer
    C. Mille Fiore
    Explanation
    The method described in the question involves folding different colored clays together to create designs, which is also used to create glass beads. The term "Mille Fiore" is Italian for "a million flowers," which suggests that this term refers to the technique of creating intricate floral designs by slicing the folded clay rods.

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  • 12. 

    This is the process of heating the pottery to a specific temperature in order to bring about a particular change in the clay or the surface.

    • A.

      Firing

    • B.

      Baking

    • C.

      Cooking

    Correct Answer
    A. Firing
    Explanation
    Firing refers to the process of heating pottery to a specific temperature to bring about a desired change in the clay or surface. This process is commonly used in pottery and ceramics to harden the clay, remove any remaining moisture, and create a durable and finished product. Firing can also involve the application of glazes or other materials that undergo chemical transformations when exposed to high temperatures, resulting in a variety of colors and textures on the pottery.

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  • 13. 

    A glass-like surface coating for ceramics that are used to decorate and seal the pores of the fired clay.

    • A.

      Underglaze

    • B.

      Glaze

    • C.

      Slip

    Correct Answer
    B. Glaze
    Explanation
    A glass-like surface coating, known as glaze, is applied to ceramics to both decorate them and seal the pores of the fired clay. This coating adds a glossy finish to the ceramics and also helps to protect them from moisture and stains. It is a common technique used in pottery to enhance the appearance and durability of the ceramic objects.

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  • 14. 

    A method of firing pottery that takes a ceramic piece from its raw state to bisque ware in 45 minutes to an hour rather than 8-18 hours.

    • A.

      Reduction

    • B.

      Oxidation

    • C.

      Raku

    Correct Answer
    C. Raku
    Explanation
    Raku is a method of firing pottery that involves quickly heating the ceramic piece to a high temperature and then rapidly cooling it. This process allows the piece to reach the bisque ware stage in a much shorter time compared to traditional firing methods. Reduction and oxidation are firing techniques that involve controlling the atmosphere in the kiln to achieve specific effects on the clay surface. Therefore, raku is the correct answer as it best fits the description of a firing method that can achieve bisque ware in a significantly shorter time frame.

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  • 15. 

    The type of kiln firing is done in our electric kiln.

    • A.

      Oxidation

    • B.

      Reduction

    • C.

      Raku

    Correct Answer
    A. Oxidation
    Explanation
    The correct answer is oxidation. In oxidation firing, the kiln atmosphere contains an excess of oxygen, which allows the oxygen to react with the materials being fired. This process creates vibrant colors and a more controlled firing environment. Since the question mentions that the firing is done in an electric kiln, it is likely that the kiln is able to provide the necessary oxygen-rich atmosphere for oxidation firing.

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  • 16. 

    The term for ceramic ware that has not yet been fired.

    • A.

      Raku

    • B.

      Greenware

    • C.

      Bisque ware

    Correct Answer
    B. Greenware
    Explanation
    Greenware refers to ceramic ware that has not yet been fired. Before being fired, the clay is in its raw form and is very fragile. It is called greenware because it is still "green" or wet and has not undergone the firing process that would transform it into a hardened, durable ceramic piece. Greenware is often shaped and molded before being fired, and it is during the firing process that it becomes bisque ware or raku, depending on the specific technique used.

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  • 17. 

    The part of a pot that sits on the flat surface below the piece.

    • A.

      Body

    • B.

      Foot

    • C.

      Bottom

    Correct Answer
    B. Foot
    Explanation
    The part of a pot that sits on the flat surface below the piece is called the foot. This term is commonly used in pottery to refer to the base or bottom of a pot that provides stability and support. The foot is typically wider than the rest of the pot and is designed to prevent the pot from tipping over. It also adds aesthetic value to the piece by creating a visual transition between the body of the pot and the surface it sits on.

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  • 18. 

    The main part of a vase, which is also usually the largest part.

    • A.

      Neck

    • B.

      Mouth

    • C.

      Body

    Correct Answer
    C. Body
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "body" because the body of a vase refers to the main and usually the largest part of the vase. It is the central portion that holds the contents and provides stability to the vase. The neck and the mouth are smaller parts of the vase that are connected to the body and serve different purposes.

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