What are Ceramics and Pottery Today?
Today, ceramics and pottery refer to objects made from clay fired in a kiln. These objects may serve decorative, functional, or other purposes. Clay is one of the oldest known materials used by humans for making items and is still widely used in many cultures worldwide.
Ceramic and pottery techniques involve shaping the clay into an object, drying it, or allowing it to harden naturally, then firing it in a kiln at varying temperatures depending on the type of application. The high temperature of the firing process causes the clay particles to fuse, making them harder and much less porous than before. After cooling, glazes can be applied to add color and decoration.
Modern ceramics are created using various methods, including slip casting, hand-building, wheel throwing, etc. The different methods allow for greater control over shape and design and give artists more options for creating unique pieces.
The properties of ceramics make them ideal for numerous applications that require durabilities, such as tiles for floors and walls, kitchenware, sculpture, jewelry, technical components such as refractories (heat resistant structures), and many more.
Ceramics has been around for thousands of years and has undergone many changes and advances. From traditional pottery to porcelain, glazing, and 3D printing, the art of creating decorative pieces or useful objects from clay has been growing for centuries. Through all its development, ceramics continue to be appreciated as much today as it was in the past.
This art form continues to delight users worldwide, whether used as decor or practicality. No matter what aspect one focuses on within the art of ceramics—from firing the clay to glazing or 3D printing—the possibilities are endless and exciting. So why not take a break from technology and get back to our ancestors' roots by exploring the beauty of ceramic art?