A percentage value that represents the dry-to-fired shrinkage of a ceramic body. Typically a body is fired to a range of temperatures, each is specified with its shrinkage value.
For a comprehensive test to measure shrinkage and porosity, see the SHAB test.
Specify the percent and the temperature e.g. 5.3% @ cone 6
The Physics of Clay Bodies
Learn to test your clay bodies and recording the results in an organized way and understanding the purpose of each test and how to relate its results to changes that need to be made in process and recipe.
During drying, clay particles draw together and shrinkage occurs. During firing the matrix densifies and shrinkage continues. More vitreous bodies shrink more.
Tests conducted on bodies made from materials, as opposed to the materials themselves.