Alternate Names: Soapstone
Steatite occurs in nature as soap stone. But it is also a manufactured ceramic, a crystalline form of magnesium silicate. It is a low loss, low cost, relatively good strength insulating material which can function safely at temperatures up to 2,000° F.
Soapstone Steatite Carving
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Refractory, as a noun, refers to a material that does not melt at normal kiln temperatures (of the industry being referenced). The term also refers to the capacity a material to withstand heat without deforming or melting. Kiln shelves and firebricks are refractory. Many natural clays and minerals a...