[duhnt, doont]
Dunting is a fault that can occur during the firing of ceramic articles. It is the "cracking that occurs in fired ceramic bodies as a result of a thermally induced stress and is caused by a "ware cooled too quickly after it has been fired".

Dunting of ceramics is defined as the cracking of the claybody, as opposed to crazing, which is the crackling of a glaze. It results from cooling the ware too quickly past the temperatures at which silica undergoes a shift in crystalline structure during firing.



  1. (Scots) A dull-sounding blow


to dunt

  1. (Scots) To knock with such a blow


  • OED 2nd edition 1989

See also


  • ASTM C242-01. Standard Terminology of Ceramic Whitewares and Related Products
  • Dictionary of Ceramics, Third edition, Dodd A and Murfin D, Institute of Materials. 1994. ISBN 0-901716-56-1
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