Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi




Saggars are strong boxes made of refractory clay to hold ware prepared with a glaze. They were originally made for large industries when kilns were fired with wood, to protect pieces from an open flame, smoke, gases and flying ash. As the main method of firing is now electric they are used less, but can still be found in large industrial ceramic firms to shield ware from variations in heat and kiln debris. Designed to fit vertically one on top of the other, a pile of saggars is known as a bung.