Study Guide For Pottery Test 1

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Pottery Quizzes & Trivia

Clay works otherwise known as pottery may seem like a very simple and easy thing to do, but to your surprise, it is an art which takes time and effort to master. Gauge your knowledge on the subject below.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A support or frame used when sculpturing clay; usually removed before firing.
    • A. 

      Celadon

    • B. 

      Armature

    • C. 

      Lip

  • 2. 
    A revolving wheel head which sits on a pedestal base. It is turned by hand and used for finishing or decorating pottery.
    • A. 

      Slip trailer

    • B. 

      Kick wheel

    • C. 

      Banding Wheel

  • 3. 
    A base for throwing, hand – building, or drying; usually made of plastic, pressboard, plywood, or plaster.
    • A. 

      Lug

    • B. 

      Bat

    • C. 

      Pulling

  • 4. 
    Polishing the surface of leather-hard pot to compact it and produce and maintain a sheen at low firing temperatures. Objects such as a smooth stone or back of a spoon are good burnishing tools.
    • A. 

      Burnishing

    • B. 

      Collaring

    • C. 

      Kick wheel

  • 5. 
    A category of green, gray, or blue-gray glazes for stoneware and porcelain; developed in China and Korea.
    • A. 

      Celadon

    • B. 

      Extruding

    • C. 

      Porosity

  • 6. 
    The process of applying pressure to a lump of clay on a spinning wheel head to position it for even rotation.
    • A. 

      Firing

    • B. 

      Coning

    • C. 

      Centering

  • 7. 
    The tendency of matter to “flee from the center” when spun.
    • A. 

      Centrifugal force

    • B. 

      Celadon

    • C. 

      Extruding

  • 8. 
    Squeezing the upper part of a thrown from as it rotates on the wheel, in order to decrease the size of its diameter.
    • A. 

      Saggar

    • B. 

      Levigation

    • C. 

      Collaring

  • 9. 
    Part of the centering process; raising clay to form a cone as it spins on the wheel head.
    • A. 

      Inlay

    • B. 

      Coning

    • C. 

      Neck

  • 10. 
    The result of successfully centering clay on the wheel. An opened dome is necessary to begin throwing vessels, pots, and plates.
    • A. 

      Dome

    • B. 

      Drape mold

    • C. 

      Extruding

  • 11. 
    A wheel powered by the potter’s foot rather than by electricity.
    • A. 

      Kick wheel

    • B. 

      Extruding

    • C. 

      Lug

  • 12. 
    The rim opening of a pot.
    • A. 

      Lug

    • B. 

      Kiln Wash

    • C. 

      Lip

  • 13. 
    A support that holds a clay slab in a certain shape until it stiffens.
    • A. 

      Reduction

    • B. 

      Opening the dome

    • C. 

      Drape mold

  • 14. 
    A way of improving the workability of clay by reforming the mixture to make it homogeneous and even in texture while eliminating air bubbles.
    • A. 

      Trimming

    • B. 

      Wedging

    • C. 

      Template

  • 15. 
    Changes in a clay form usually resulting from uneven thickness of the walls, uneven drying, or stresses during firing caused by poor support or uneven heat.
    • A. 

      Saggar

    • B. 

      Slip trailer

    • C. 

      Warping

  • 16. 
    A container made from fireproof material that protects ware from combustion gases during firing. It is also used to hold ware and fuming materials for separate reduction during firing.
    • A. 

      Saggar

    • B. 

      Reduction

    • C. 

      Porosity

  • 17. 
    The part of a vessel between lip and shoulder.
    • A. 

      Lug

    • B. 

      Trimming

    • C. 

      Neck

  • 18. 
    A pattern used to shape the profile of a piece.
    • A. 

      Reduction

    • B. 

      Template

    • C. 

      Vitrification

  • 19. 
    Heating pottery or clay sculpture to a temperature high enough to render it hard and durable.
    • A. 

      Pit firing

    • B. 

      Reduction

    • C. 

      Firing

  • 20. 
    A mixture of Kaolin, flint and water used to coat  kiln shelves to protect them during firing.
    • A. 

      Kiln Wash

    • B. 

      Porosity

    • C. 

      Pulling

  • 21. 
    The process of shaping plastic clay on the potter’s wheel.
    • A. 

      Throwing

    • B. 

      Pulling

    • C. 

      Pit firing

  • 22. 
    When clay fuses and turns to a fluid glasslike substance during the firing.
    • A. 

      Melting pot

    • B. 

      Kick wheel

    • C. 

      Extruding

  • 23. 
    A device, such as rubber syringe or tube, used to apply lines of slip on clay as decoration.
    • A. 

      Centrifugal force

    • B. 

      Drape mold

    • C. 

      Slip trailer

  • 24. 
    A firing in there is insufficient air in the kiln for complete combustion. The metal oxides in the clay body and glaze release oxygen because there is not enough present in the atmosphere. This changes the color of the clay body and glaze.
    • A. 

      Template

    • B. 

      Reduction

    • C. 

      Coning

  • 25. 
    The process of shaping clay by forcing through a die.
    • A. 

      Pit firing

    • B. 

      Extruding

    • C. 

      Throwing

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