Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi




Copper is a chemical element with the symbol Cu (Latin: cuprum) and atomic number 29 and is used in the construction of ceramic colors. It is a ductile metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity. Pure copper is rather soft and malleable, and a freshly-exposed surface has a pinkish or peachy color.

Copper compounds are known in several oxidation states, usually 2+, where they often impart blue or green colors to natural minerals such as turquoise and have been used historically widely as pigments. Copper metal architectural structures and statuary eventually corrode to acquire a characteristic green patina. Copper as both metal and pigmented salt, has a significant presence in decorative art in the construction of ceramic colors. Link Wikipedia; Copper