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Chamotte is used in pottery and sculpture to add a gritty, rustic texture called “tooth”; it also reduces shrinkage and aids even drying. This prevents defects such as cracking, crow feet patterning, and lamination. It also adds structural strength to hand-built and thrown pottery during shaping although it can diminish fired strength. The term “Chamotte” became popular in 1936 when Gunnar Nylund started to use this technique in his work at Rörstrand.