SORTING vs SELECTING : Words not to be confused. Sorting is a process in the glost warehouse involving the removal of fired-on pips, stilt marks or kiln bits. Sorters use a special tool, made from steel about 1/8 inch thick, 1 inch broad, and from 10 to 12 inches long, and sharpened at each end, to knock the pip or stilt marks off the back of flatware (plates, soup plates and saucers) after it has been fired. Same as ginneting.
Selecting, however, is the inspection of flatware or holloware after a processing stage (biscuit, or glost, or enamel firing) to look for faults.