Discover the World of Stoneware Pottery



9 Questions

What is stoneware?

Where was stoneware produced?

What is the difference between stoneware and porcelain?

What are the key raw materials for stoneware?

What is the most common kiln atmosphere used to fire stoneware?

What is the main use of stoneware in Japan?

What is raku ware?

What is the temperature range for firing stoneware?

What was England's role in stoneware production?


Stoneware: An Overview

  • Stoneware is a type of pottery fired at high temperatures, ranging from 1,100 to 1,300 degrees Celsius.
  • It was developed independently in different parts of the world after earthenware and before porcelain.
  • Stoneware is not recognized as a category in traditional East Asian terminology, and much Asian stoneware is counted as porcelain by local definitions.
  • Stoneware is used for end applications such as tableware, decorative ware, and vases.
  • The compositions of stoneware bodies vary considerably and include both prepared and as-dug clays.
  • The key raw materials for stoneware are naturally occurring stoneware clay or non-refractory fire clay.
  • Stoneware can be once-fired or twice-fired, with most commonly an oxidizing kiln atmosphere used.
  • Stoneware was produced in the Indus Valley civilization, China, Japan, Korea, Germany, and England.
  • Stoneware was mainly used for utilitarian wares and those for the poor in China, while in Japan, it was used for the Japanese tea ceremony.
  • England was the most inventive and important European maker of fancy stoneware in the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Stoneware is commonly used in modern commercial tableware and kitchenware, as well as in craft and studio pottery.
  • The popular Japanese-inspired raku ware is normally stoneware.


Test your knowledge of stoneware pottery with this informative quiz! From its origins to its various applications and compositions, this quiz covers all the basics of stoneware. Discover how stoneware has been used throughout history and how it continues to be used in modern times. Whether you're a pottery enthusiast or simply curious about this versatile material, this quiz is sure to teach you something new.

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