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Ceramics and ceramic art means artwork made out of clay and fired to form a ceramic

Some ceramic pieces are classified as fine art, while many others can be classified as one of the decorative, industrial or applied arts (the application of design and aesthetics to objects of function and everyday use).

 The identification of a specific pottery piece as a "work of art" is not always clear. Ceramic art usually, but not always, was intended by the maker as art. It may have a signature, designer name or brand name stamp on the bottom. Ceramic art can be either manufactured by individuals or in a factory that employs artists to design, produce or decorate the ware.

Pottery is the ceramic ware made by potters. It also refers to a group of materials that includes earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain. The places where such wares are made are called potteries.

 

 

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The Clayhouse
Paint Your Own Pottery Studio for All Ages in Napa, California
1757 Tanen St, Napa Ca 94559 707-224-4480 email

 
 
Color Me Mine of San Rafael
994 4th St, San Rafael, CA  415- 459-8884

Mimi's Pottery Place
237 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley, CA  415- 388-8668

Pottery Studio
632 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA  707- 576-7102

Puttin' On the Bisque
6906 Sebastopol Ave. Sebastopol, CA 95472  707- 829-8576
 
 
 
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  Prior to most shaping processes, air trapped within the clay body needs to be removed. This is called de-airing and can be accomplished by a machine called a vacuum pug, or manually by wedging. Wedging can also help to ensure an even moisture content throughout the body. Once clay body has been de-aired or wedged, it is shaped by a variety of techniques. After shaping it is dried before firing. There are a number of stages in the drying process. Leather-hard refers to the stage when the clay object is approximately 75-85% dry. Trimming and handle attachment often occurs at the leather-hard state. A clay object is said to be "bone-dry" when it reaches a moisture content at or near 0%. Unfired objects are often termed greenware.
 
 
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