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Working with commercial bisqueware is an ideal way to explore the art of ceramics, without having to start from scratch. Purchasing already bisqued pots, tiles or other forms eliminates the need for a potter’s wheel and/or a kiln, as well as having to learn how to throw with clay. Additionally, using pre-made pots saves time and money and is ideal for those who want a simple and quick project.
Bisqueware refers to pottery that has been fired once. Once clay has been bisqued, the water is removed and the pot is ready to be glazed. If you are purchasing bisqueware that you plan to glaze, it is important to know what its firing temperature is. This will help you decide which glazes to use. Once you have figured that out, the piece can be glazed and then fired. Only having to fire work once is ideal for those who do not have regular access to a kiln, but rather have to bring their work somewhere to be fired. Even for those who have their own kilns, firing once saves on time and electricity.
Decorating bisqued pots or tiles can be a great project to do with school age children. It makes a great classroom or birthday party activity. Children can decorate their pots with brush on underglazes and/or glazes, and then these can be fired and used or given as gifts. Pre-made bisqueware is great for adults and advanced ceramics artists, as well. Bisqueware can be used to test glazes, so that you do not have to try out a new glaze recipe on a piece you spent time making and do not want to risk ruining. Using pots for testing glazes, rather than tiles, allows one to better envision what the glaze will look like on a finished piece.
If you are local, and do not have access to a kiln, feel free to bring your glazed work in to The Ceramic Shop - we would be happy to fire it for you! Additionally, though not ideal for surfaces that will come into contact with food, bisqueware can be decorated with paints and mediums other than ceramic glazes. This would eliminate the need for a kiln altogether.