Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi


ca: CARBÓ - Pals

es: CARBÓN - Palos

Four sticks of vine charcoal and four sticks of compressed charcoal.

Two charcoal pencils in paper sheaths designed to be unwrapped as the pencil is used and two charcoal pencils in wooden sheaths.

Charcoal is used in art for drawing, making rough sketches in painting. It must usually be preserved by the application of a fixative. Artists generally utilize charcoal in three forms:

Vine charcoal is created by burning sticks of wood (usually willow or linden/Tilia) into soft, medium, and hard consistencies.
Compressed charcoal is charcoal powder mixed with gum binder compressed into round or square sticks. The amount of binder determines the hardness of the stick. Compressed charcoal is used in charcoal pencils.
Powdered charcoal is often used to “tone” or cover large sections of a drawing surface. Drawing over the toned area will darken it further, but the artist can also lighten (or completely erase) within the toned area to create lighter tones.

Note: In pottery charcoal is used to mark the outlines of designs on to clay, bisque and glazed surfaces fired or crude, it is a natural product that burns away when fired without damaging the work in any way.
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Link: Wikipedia/Charcoal