Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi




Shield is a piece of armor designed to be carried on the left arm and in front of the body as a defense against swords, lances, arrows, etc. and can be made in many different shapes and sizes. It is mostly shaped like a “U” but with a broad top and pointed bottom and often decorated with heraldic bearings.

The photos show a cross section of ways to make shields in ceramics.
(a) It was formed in refractory clay and all of it is flat except the outer edges of the shield. It is in nine pieces, The clay was fired at 1280º C, then decorated with colors that vitrify at 980º C.

(b, c, d) These are different shields done on different sized tiles using the Majolica method of decorating.

(e, f, g) The last three are designs of six tiles, which we used to put round a shield oredered by a customer.

Other words with a very similar meaning; heraldry, coat of arms, arms, crest and emblems.