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A thin, aqueous suspension of Clay in Water prepared to a creamy consistency. Slip was originally used as a thin, light-color coating over red clay pieces. Now slip is used for decorating pottery. It is available in many colors, such as white, black, blue, and green. Slip that contains a significant portion of non-clay material is called Engobe.

Synonyms and Related Terms

engobe (Fr., Port.); barbotine (Fr.); slip (Ned.)

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Encyclopedia Britannica, Comment: "slipware." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2005. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service 4 Feb. 2005 .

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