I have been making pots for over 30 years, working as a member of a pottery cooperative and attending and teaching ceramics courses. I am a Selected Member of the Anglian Potters and have been part of Cambridge Open Studios since 1996. In normal times I show at local galleries, and also participate in Anglian Potters exhibitions and in Cambridge Open Studios.
About Stoneware Pottery
Stoneware pottery is exceedingly durable. It can safely be used in the oven, dishwasher or microwave. It is fired at a temperature of 1260°C or more, which is a tenperature that porcelain will also tolerate. At this heat the clay is vitrified and the glaze merges with the clay body, so that that pots are non-porous even when unglazed. The high firing temperature results in a muted colour range but a much enhanced subtlety and depth.
Porcelain is noted for its translucency. Otherwise there is not much difference between it and the smooth white high-fired stoneware clay that I normally use. But porcelain clay is more expensive than stoneware, is more difficult to throw, and there are greater problems with firing.
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