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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