By David Richerson
What do the next issues have in universal: the gap commute, cosmetics, colour TVs, concrete, and kayaks? Ceramics! most of these goods are made up of or comprise ceramics, the most typical and various of all fabrics - but so much folks will be stunned at its number of makes use of. you may be surprised by way of how ceramics make attainable such varied items as mobile telephones, lots of your favourite carrying items, radio, tv, and lasers. you'll be stunned by way of how ceramics are utilized in medication for melanoma remedies and restoring listening to, in our automobiles, or even in a few cosmetics. This booklet introduces readers to the numerous fascinating functions of ceramics. through the use of simplified technical reasons, it solutions the query: How do ceramics enhance your way of life? It describes how the ceramic fabric services, and why it truly is greater to different fabrics, whereas educating key medical strategies like atomic constitution, colour, and the electromagnetic spectrum.
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Some of the most spectacular ceramic items during the Tang Dynasty were commissioned by wealthy aristocrats. Their purpose was to Beauty of Ceramics e Figure 3-8. Chinese imperial vase. Commissioned for use in a Chinese imperial palace around AD 7 736 to 7795, during the Qianlong period. 6 inches high, decorated with blue clouds and red bats and coated with a clear glaze. Bats were a common theme. The Chinese words for bat and happiness coincide. The design on the vase was a wish to the viewer, “May your happiness be US high as heaven.
Slip casting involved pouring a fluid slip (a mixture of clay and other ceramic particles suspended in water, similar to the early clay paints) into a porous mold. Water was sucked out of the slip into the pores of the mold, and the ceramic particles in the slip were deposited on the inner walls of the mold. When the desired wall thickness was achieved, the remaining slip was poured out of the mold. After partial drying, the ceramic ware could be removed from the mold, decorated, and fired. The mold was made of bisque-fired ceramic-ceramic fired at a lower temperature than normal, so that it had high porosity.
New Types of Pottery As mentioned earlier, potters learned that firing their ware at higher temperature resulted in a stronger, less porous ceramic pot. Chinese potters were especially intrigued by this technique and were much more aggressive than Western potters in experimenting with different kiln designs and recipes for ceramic raw materials. They succeeded in building kilns that could fire at around 2200°F (about 12OO”C),nearly five times hotter than a kitchen oven. Pots fired at such high temperature had a low enough porosity that they could hold water with no leakage even without a glaze.
The Magic of Ceramics by David Richerson