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Ceramics are made of clay that has been heated to a very high temperature in a kiln, so that it becomes hard. This is called firing. Before the clay work can be fired, the clay must be bone dry and should be cold to the touch. The video below briefly explains the kiln firing process:

After the first hardening in the kiln, the product is called bisque, it has no chemically bonded water left in the clay. It is hard, but also porous. Bisque can be painted with ceramic glaze, and then fired again, after which it is water safe. Ornamental bisque may be painted with acrylic paint and not fired, it should then be kept dry. Once glazes have been applied to the bisque ware and have had a chance to dry, the glaze firing process begins. The kiln is heated slowly to the proper temperature to bring the clay and glazes to maturity, and then slowly cooled again. After the kiln has cooled, it can be opened and unloaded. Here you can view part two: The Clay Process: Glaze Firing.