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Luting

Name of the process of joining two or more unfired sections of a ceramic item with runny clay (slip).

While still wet the pieces are brought together and held in place by means of small amounts of clay of creamy consistency. Before slip casting got into use, most round and high Chinese porcelain objects were as a rule made in two to three horizontal sections and joined - luted - together for their final shape.

The joint can usually be both seen and felt on the inside. Is it usually found at the shoulder of high vases and at the widest points of the belly of a jar.

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