Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi




Ceramic comes from the Greek word keramos meaning clay changed by heat, burnt clay. It now has a wider application and covers every process using clay in industrial and handmade pottery, from working with clay to the finished product. Ceramic products were made from clay taken directly from the earth, which now for industrial reasons is mixed with many other materials. Some of the first pieces were produced in relation to food and liquids, to cook, to carry and stock water, wine, oil and corn and many other products. As the making of pottery progressed, it became an art and a luxury and figures, tiles, tableware and decorations were made following different styles and methods. Read more about: Clay