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Objects made from clay, hardened into a permanent form by firing at very high temperatures in a kiln. Ceramics are used for building construction and decoration (bricks, tiles), for specialist industrial uses (linings for furnaces used to manufacture steel, fuel elements in nuclear reactors, and so on), and for plates and vessels used in the home. Different types of clay, methods and temperatures of firing create a variety of results. Ceramics may be castor pressed in a mold, hand-built or thrown on a wheel.