Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi

STILTS - Ceramic and metal

ca: PUNTES - Ceràmica i metall

es: PUNTAS – Cerámica y metal

Stilts are functional furniture to support work such as plates and jars decorated with slip or glaze while they are being fired.

There are several types of stilts industrially made with a ceramic or metal product. There are two types one is shaped like a “Y” and the other is circular, both have three vertical legs which overlap the main part underneath and above and both ends of each one are finely pointed. They are placed between the floor and the object, so that if the glaze runs it cannot make the stick them together. If the object is slightly stuck to the stilt, separate them by holding the work in one hand the stilt in the other and twist them in opposite directions.