Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi




Brush is a tool with a handle and bristles or hair attached at one end by a metal quill. They are made in many different forms, sizes and materials, with different types of bristle from natural animal hairs or industrially made fibers. They have hundreds of different uses, from painting a delicate object to cleaning the chimney.

Over the centuries, brushes have evolved into many varied shapes. They can be made up of many types of hair to produce different brush strokes and textures and to paint using many techniques and products. The following two sections deal with brushes.