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Ceramics, in the context of what I do, refers to the transformation and hardening of clay thru heating and subsequent cooling. To begin, one sculpts something out of clay, then lets it dry. This is called greenware. The greenware is then fired in a kiln, with high temperatures sintering the clay such that it is no longer clay, but has become a ceramic. This is called bisqueware. A glaze is then applied to the bisqueware, which is fired again, resulting in the finished product: a glazed ceramic.