Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi



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Name: a word or a combination of words by which a person, place, or thing, a body or class, or any object of thought is designated, or known. (Webster’s)
Names and notices on tiles can be for houses, hotels; restaurant notices such as Private or No Entrance etc., can be made to be practical and attractive, they are painted using the Majolica Method.

The first six illustrations are designs which have a white background, a border that is part of the tile and different types of letters to give an idea of the possibilities available.
The last six illustrations are all designs specially made to order to suit individual client’s preferences.

Link to Ceramics Bensu for tiles decorated with the Majolica Method

Read more about: Architectural Ceramics / Numbers / Repeated tiles

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Neck is the part of a jar, jug or bottle that narrows at the top. It is designed to minimize the amount of liquid that can be poured out and give it an elegant shape.



Necklace is a length of fine material that is hung round the neck as a decoration, with or without accessories. It can be made out of any material, from a piece of string to a chain of gold and have pieces attached to it, jewelry, stones, shells, beads.



Needle tools of different sizes are used for trimming pots and cleaning plate holes. Plates have two holes through the foot at the back for passing string when they are hung up.

ca: NUMERACIÓ I CODIS - rajoles decorades

es: NUMERACIÓN Y CODIFICACIÓN – Azulejos decorados

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Numbering and coding tiles of large designs
When you make a large design or you produce several of the same one, you must number and code them. Before firing, on the back of each tile, using a dark ceramic color, paint the number and code for the design which will be permanent once fired

Numbering: The design has been marked onto the tiles, lift the tiles up one by one, holding them by the edges so as not to touch the base and code them on the back with their number and letter using a dark ceramic color. Start at the bottom left hand corner, which is A1. This tile is the one the builder starts to work with when attaching them to a wall. The numbers go horizontally and letters vertically.

Coding: If you prepare more than one of the same designs put a sign like a cross or two lines on the back of all the tiles that go together to form a picture. The sign is very important as when the tiles have been fired you will know which ones go together. Two of the same design look alike but if mixed you will see the differences, the outlines do not fit and the colors and brush strokes are different.
When one section has been marked you will have to move it, either to where you are going to paint or into a crank.



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Numbers for houses
(a & b) Are copies of old designs, the tiles are15×15cm and 1½cm thick and have been cut down to make the required shape.
(f) Designed for an urbanization and not used in the end was not used, so it was never painted. It is made in refractory and fired at 1280º C. It was designed to allow any number to be formed so all the pieces are separate. In the photos it has eight sections at the back, two height-wise and four length-wise. The ones in the center can be taken away or more can be added, this allows any number to be built up.

The tiles are all painted using the Majolica method and the rest of the numbers are all one tile designs with different borders and sizes.

Link to Ceramics Bensu for tiles decorated with the Majolica Method

Read more about: Architectural Ceramics / Names and Notices / Repeated tiles