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Ceramics in Australia

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Address: 75 Gilbert Rd, Castle Hill, NSW, 2154

Phone number: (02) 98944542

 

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Address: 176 Fitzgerald St, Perth, WA, 6000

Phone number: 0432 978 733

 

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Address: 43A DeCarle St, Brunswick, VIC, 3056

Phone number: (03) 9386 9418

Joint BNH's inclusive pottery class; cover all aspects of hand building through to firing. 

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Address: 105 Denmark St, Kew, VIC, 3101

Phone number: (03) 98528082

 

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Address: PO Box 6175, Goulburn, NSW, 2580

Phone number: (02) 48235585

 

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Address: Shop 2, 2-4 Stamford Ave, Ermington, NSW, 2115

Phone number: (02) 98040209

 

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Address: Level 1 45 Hunter Street,, Hornsby, NSW, 2077

Phone number: (02) 9482 1189

 

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Address: 172 Georges River Rd, Kentlyn, NSW, 2560

Phone number: (02) 46263975

 

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Address: Unit 11, 9 Powells Rd, Brookvale, NSW, 2100

Phone number: (02) 99050264

 

About This Category

Ceramics, a Greek word that means pottery, are composites of materials that are formed by heating and cooling to create everything from decorative pottery and clay works of art to many useful items. Ceramic products are used in aerospace, automobiles, computers, electronics, medical equipment, the military, and the kitchen. Because most ceramic materials are economic and ceramic can be harder and more rigid than steel and resist corrosion, ceramic is used to produce many products. These include microwave transducers, space shuttle components, dinnerware, dental products, superconductors, resistors, construction materials, catalytic converters, airbag sensors, rotors, valves, spark plugs, thermo pressure sensors, oxygen sensors, in safety glass, piston rings, joint replacement, and more.

Throughout history ceramics have been used to create art objects such as figures, tiles, pottery, including some fine art. The decorative ceramics are also known as art pottery. Archeologists have discovered remnants of ceramic objects from many cultures including the Aztec, Chinese, Cretan, Greek, Persian, Mayan, Japanese, and Korean cultures.

Studio pottery can include small handheld items to large ceramic sculptures. The three types of pottery are earthenware, stoneware, porcelain. Earthenware is typical craft pottery with colored art glazes. The low temperature firing brings out the colors but the end product can chip and crack. Stoneware pottery has a stronger finish from firing at higher temperatures. Porcelain is made with white clay and feldspar additives and while porcelain is hard and pure, the finish product is fragile.

A typical firing is a “tunnel kiln.” This kiln has three zones, the preheating, firing, and waste heat zones. Heating is slow to prevent ceramic cracks and distortions. The waste heat zone exhausts combustion gases.

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