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L4 - Drying

Tuesday 18 October 2022

Careful control of clay bodies during the drying process is essential for preventing items cracking when releasing moulds and removing moisture.

This module describes:

  • The drying mechanism
  • Determining the safe rate of drying
  • The principles of humidity drying
  • Different types of dryers
  • Operating an industrial dryer (case study)
  • Best practice guidance for the drying of tableware items
  • Tips for maintenance and energy savings
  • The principles of drying plaster moulds.

The practical session will include:

  • Measuring temperature and humidity
  • Determining the drying rate of a clay body in different conditions of temperature, humidity and air flow.

At the end of the module, you will be able to understand:

  • The principles of the drying process
  • How to control the drying process
  • Drying of ceramic tableware items best practice
  • Drying plaster moulds best practice
  • Maintenance and energy saving best practice.

For more information on this course, please contact Caroline Mullington, Technology Partnership Manager on +44 (0)1782 764422 or

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