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firing
CATEGORY: ceramics
DEFINITION: The process of heating raw ceramics to a high temperature, driving all the water out of the paste and (depending on the composition of the paste and tempering) causing new chemical bonds to form within the paste.
kiln firing
CATEGORY: ceramics
DEFINITION: A method of firing ceramics in which the ceramics are exposed to the heat from a fire within an oven-like structure called a kiln rather than to a direct flame.
open-air firing
CATEGORY: ceramics
DEFINITION: The heating and hardening of ceramics in pits or simple, above-earth temporary structures.
pit firing
CATEGORY: ceramics
DEFINITION: A method of firing ceramics using an open or exposed flame as opposed to a kiln.

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