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“Tabletop” Ceramics Terms, Explained

Japanese Shino Sake Set, stoneware, by Hironobu Nishitateno.
Japanese Shino Sake Set, stoneware, by Hironobu Nishitateno.

Every piece in the “Tabletop” exhibit starts with clay. If you look at the tags under “medium,” though, you’ll see a lot of more detailed terms.

Potters can use just a few words to say a lot about their process. But what’s the difference between earthenware and stoneware, or cone 6 and cone 10? Here’s a brief introduction to a few of the terms in this year’s “Tabletop” exhibit, open through this Monday, July 7.




soda- or salt-fired

earthen­ware, stoneware, porcelain

Earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain
Sources for this blog post: The Potter’s Dictionary by Frank and Janet Hamer and Ceramics: A Potter’s Handbook by Glenn C. Nelson.

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