The category of ceramics is vast, encompassing materials like sculpture, artware, tableware, figurines, and tiles.
Working with ceramics has an advantage over steel: it is harder and stiffer; more heat- and corrosion-resistant, and less dense. Ceramic materials are plentiful and inexpensive.
Ceramics are considered fine art, as pottery or sculpture, and can be decorative, industrial, or applied art objects. Ceramics may also be considered artefacts in archaeology.
Ceramics are made by shaping water, earthen powders, and clay into forms, which are then fired at high temperatures.
The clay sculpting art form of ceramics dates back to ancient times and is even more popular today than ever. Traditional pottery is made by forming bowls, plates, cups, and other vessels from terra cotta, stoneware, or other clay either on a wheel or by hand. The clay is then allowed to air dry before being fired in a kiln.
There is no difference between pottery and ceramics. Both employ the same 4-step process of (1) forming, (2) firing, (3) glazing/decorating, and (4) refiring.
Glazes are the most often used form of pottery decoration. They come in just about every color and texture imaginable.
Watch our Creative Manager, Sonia Luedke, demonstrate her process here:
Visit all our ceramicists and other artists at the Sedona Artist Market, 10-5, seven days a week.