stoneware

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stone·ware

noun \-ˌwer\

: objects made of a special baked clay

Full Definition of STONEWARE

:  a strong opaque ceramic ware that is high-fired, well vitrified, and nonporous

Examples of STONEWARE

  1. <collects 19th-century English stoneware, especially soup tureens>

First Known Use of STONEWARE

1683

stoneware

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Salt-glazed stoneware Bartmannkrug with applied relief decoration, Cologne, c. 1540; …—Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; photograph, Wilfrid Walter—EB Inc.

Pottery fired at a high temperature (about 2,200 °F, or 1,200 °C) until vitrified (made glasslike and impervious to liquid). Because stoneware is nonporous, glaze is applied only for decoration. Stoneware originated in China c. 1400 BC and was exported to Europe in the 17th century. This red to dark-brown stoneware was copied in Germany, England, and the Netherlands. See also bone china, porcelain.

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