Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi


ca: PÈL

es: PELO

Hair grows out from the skin of mammals and covers different parts of the body. Hair is made up of hundreds of very fine strands that grow together. They differ in texture, color and thickness with each animal.

Animal hair is used for the heads of brushes for painting, cleaning, etc. For working in ceramics, there are many different brushes made up with different hairs in varying sizes and shapes to leave different brush strokes and for work in special styles. In the ‘Brushes’ section there are photos of the different types with their names.

Synthetic hair is now commonly used in many paintbrushes and is more economical to buy. When you buy, make sure you know what you are buying. Read more about: Brushes – decorating