Stoneware Pottery



Stoneware pottery is a kind of pottery that is non-porous and scratch resistant. It is grey or brownish in color. It is clay pottery that is fired at a higher temperature (1200° C - 1315° C) than earthenware pottery. Porcelain is considered by some as a type of stoneware pottery. However, it is to be remembered that porcelain pottery is whiter than stoneware and is also always vitreous.

Stoneware pottery is normally glazed. But it may be adorned in various ways:

  • Glazing
  • Painting
  • Engraving
  • Carving
  • Metal plating
  • Varnishing
  • Using glitter/ colorful threads/ beads/ shells


The patterns could be

  • Linear
  • Geometric
  • Floral
  • Ethnic Indian
  • Abstract

Some stoneware pottery items are:

  • Bowls
  • Platters
  • Serving dishes
  • Casseroles
  • Mugs
  • Pitchers
  • Soap/lotion dispensers
  • Butter dishes
  • Gravy boats
  • Jars
  • Candleholders
  • Canister sets
  • Baskets
  • Dinnerware
  • Tea sets

To make stoneware pottery, the clay may be molded by hand, or thrown on a wheel . The latter gives a more uniform and symmetrical product.

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