Lead-glazed earthenware water pot, Paris, 15th century, in the National Museum of Ceramics, …—Courtesy of (top, bottom) the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, (centre) the Musee National de la Ceramique, Sevres

Pottery that has been fired at low heat and is slightly more porous and coarser than stoneware and porcelain. For practical and decorative purposes, it is usually glazed. The earliest known pottery, a soft earthenware excavated at a Neolithic settlement in Turkey, is thought to be about 9,000 years old. Earthenware is still widely used for cooking, freezing, and serving. See also creamware.

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