Hey there folks!
As a professional potter, I want to share with you my knowledge and love for ceramics. Ceramics is a fascinating field in Materials Science and Engineering, and this is why I am a big fan of this art and the technologies behind it.
Let me start by clarifying what ceramics are before we dive in. Ceramics are non-metallic and inorganic solids that are made up of one or more compounds, including oxides, nitrides, and carbides. They can be crystalline or non-crystalline, and their properties vary widely depending on composition and processing.
One of the most interesting things about ceramics is their use in the aerospace and military industries. Ceramic materials are incredibly tough and can withstand extremely high temperatures and pressures. This makes them a prime candidate for use in high-performance materials such as tiles for the space shuttle or jet engines.
But ceramics aren’t just for rockets and planes – they’re also an art form. As a potter, I love working with ceramics and creating beautiful pieces of art. One of my favourite things about ceramics is the texture it offers. The variety of textures of ceramic pieces are endless and they can definitely add to the aesthetic of your home.
Another benefit of ceramics as opposed to other art forms, is the fact that it’s eco-friendly. Ceramics last a long time, so there’s little wastage, and almost all process and post-process waste can be recycled.
In ceramics, there are two main types of clays: earthenware and stoneware. Earthenware is typically more porous and less durable than stoneware. Stoneware has a denser texture, and it is harder and more durable.
Additionally, ceramics can be used in many applications including pottery, tiles, art sculpture, vases, and dinnerware. For pottery or sculpture, the ceramic piece will usually undergo several firings before it is finished.
In addition to their aesthetic benefits, ceramics are also incredibly functional. Dinnerware, for example, is made from ceramics – it is heat resistant, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe. Ceramic tiles are also extremely durable and easy to clean, making them a popular choice for a variety of applications from kitchen countertops to industrial flooring.
When it comes to the composition of ceramics, there are many types. One of the most famous is porcelain. Porcelain is a type of ceramic that is composed of kaolin, feldspar, and quartz. It is non-porous, generally white, and often used for fine china.
In addition to porcelain, there are also many other types of ceramics. These include earthenware, terracotta, bone china, and ceramic tiles. Each type of ceramic has its properties and is suitable for different applications.
The production of ceramics is a scientific process. The raw materials are mixed in a specific ratio and are then molded, shaped, and fired in a kiln. The firing process can be quite extensive and may take hours to complete. The temperature of the kiln and the duration of the firing process can affect the final composition of the ceramic.
Finally, I should mention that ceramics can also be coated in different glazes (liquid glass) to add beauty and protection to the finished piece. There are many types of glazes including gloss, matte, and satin.
In conclusion, ceramics are one of the most fascinating and versatile materials used in both the scientific and the artistic worlds. Whether you appreciate ceramics for its art form, its functional use, or both, there’s no denying the beauty and science behind this amazing material. Thanks for reading!