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 and Secretary of the Anglian Potters. I have been part of Cambridge Open Studios since 1996.
Stoneware pottery is exceedingly durable. It can safely be used in the oven, dishwasher or microwave. It is fired at a temperature of 1260 degrees or more, which is only a little below the temperature of porcelain. 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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