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Methods for shaping faience

Silica/sand requires special treatment before it can be formed into a desired shape. Before shaping the material was mixed with water.

Three main methods of shaping can be distinguished:

Modelling by hand

Modelling by using a mould

Modelling around a core

Forming a faience object; scene from the tomb of Ibi, 26th Dynasty, after Davies 1902: pl. 25


mould for faience lotus flower, UC 1710, from Amarna


After modelling the glaze was applied to the object.

moulds from a workshop at Amarna


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