Clay and ceramic are often used to describe different materials for making pottery.
Clay is a type of ceramic, but not all ceramics are made of clay.
Clay is a natural material that comes from the ground, and ceramics are various materials that harden when heated, including clay.
Is clay and ceramic the same thing?
Ceramic is an artifact made out of clay. Also, clay is the raw material, ceramic and pottery are generally the same thing, just semantics, but some would disagree on definitions, porcelain is high fired, terra cotta or earthenware is generally low fired.
Is ceramic made of clay?
Ceramics are generally made by taking mixtures of clay, earthen elements, powders, and water and shaping them into desired forms. Once the ceramic has been shaped, it is fired in a high temperature oven known as a kiln.
What is the difference between clay and porcelain?
Pottery is made from clay with very coarse grains and pottery products are usually fired in a kiln at a lower temperature than that of porcelain. Porcelain on the other hand is made from fine-grained white clay called kaolin to which other ingredients are added, such as feldspar or fine bone ash.
What kind of clay do you use for pottery?
Porcelain and kaolin clays are virtually identical and are considered the best clays available for making pottery. They are also the most expensive. They are a largely silicate clay and are resistant to high temperatures. If you want to make high-quality ware, then this type of clay is best for you.