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Compounds with clays or glazes that burn away during firing. For example, calcium carbonate decomposes during firing to produce CO2 gas and loses almost half its weight. Other common volatiles are sulphur, carbon, water, fluorine, nitrogen. The term "volatilization" refers to the burning off of volatiles, it is not the same as "vaporization" which refers to the loss of desired oxides because they vaporize as a product of being fired toward or up to their boiling points.

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  • (Glossary) Vaporization

    Between the melting and boiling points (and, of course, especially while boiling is proceeding) all glaze compounds vaporize to some extent. The amount of vaporization is related to the time and temperature and atmosphere of the firing. Obvious examples of cases where vaporization must be considered...

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  • (Glossary) Decomposition

    Decomposition is the breaking of inter-molecule bonds during melting in the kiln. To understand it we need to understand elements, oxides, compounds, solutions and mixtures (from the chemistry jargon point-of-view). "Elements" are one kind of atom which cannot be broken down any further (except b...

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