La terre-papier
La poterie avec les enfants
Argile au tour

Ceramics and pottery

by Liliane Tardio-Brise

Ceramic and pottery,
two terms about clay's modeling and its transformation into a hard

material through the high temperature

While ceramic has a most
general meaning, pottery is more used in handicraft contexts. Pottery

also refers to the fired clay objects and to the place where they are made.

As long as clay is wet, it's malleable and pot walls can be made by pinching, slabbing, coiling, and throwing.

Clay finally dries out to air and becomes crumbly.

By firing up to 750°C (1380°F) clay converts to a stone-like material unaffected by water.

A decorative effect can be obtained by just using various sort of clay, but also by extremely sophisticated technics.

Glaze needs a special firing.

electric kiln, wood firing, gas kiln...

…engobe, smoking, glaze, burnishing

In this unlimited exploration field, each ceramist, potter or amateur will explore new ways and discover new technics.

From pratical needs to esthetic function, clay reaches art.

La terre-papier

La terre-papier, called paperclay, is a mixture of clay and paper pulp, which allows an easier modeling and acts as a hardener by drying.

La terre-papier,  Editions Eyrolles

La terre-papier, the book

Pottery and kids

Clay modeling allows children to create an object from their hands.

Argile au tour,Editions Fleurus
Argile au tour,
the book
La poterie avec les enfants, Editions Eyrolles

La poterie avec les enfants,
the book

Desire of touching, to push fingers in, to modify shape is rapidly getting over the first cold sensation with clay.
Bits of clay are pulled out before being piled up with spontaneous creativity.

Then by wishing to create something precise it becomes necessary to learn different technics such as slabbing, pinching, coiling, joining and scooping out.

Thanks a safety potter’s wheel, children can enjoy to create pots with a rotating clay ball.



By : Liliane Tardio-Brise

Last update : 2/25/16


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