Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi

BITS - Small pieces of fired clay.

ca: PILONS– Peces petites d’argila refractaria.

es: PILONES - Pequeñas piezas de arcilla refractaria.

Bits in pottery are small pieces of bisque made with different types of clay in different shapes and sizes that can be hand or industrially made as shown in “a”, “b” and “c”. They are to support, heighten and balance objects when packing kilns. When not being used in firing, they can be made with any material. In screen printing, playing cards, “f”, are used to heighten a screen to a very fine degree.

Note: In the photos above are examples of different bits; “a”, “b” and “c” are all industrially made, “d” is handmade, “e” shows broken industrial tiles and “f” playing cards.
Read more about: Screen printing (4) Setting up a screen