Bone Dry

Pottery drying on shelf
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Bone dry (adjective) is a term used to describe and identify greenware pottery that has dried as much as possible before it has gone through its first firing (the bisque firing). When held, bone dry greenware feels to be at room temperature, not cool to the touch. Coolness indicates that evaporation is still taking place.

Bone dry greenware is extremely brittle and will break apart very easily. Therefore, it should be handled as little as possible and great care must be taken when loading it into the kiln.

Alternate Spellings: bone-dry

Examples: Picking up bone dry pottery one-handed by the rim or sides may break the pot into pieces. (adjective)