Glossary of descriptive terms applied to pottery and porcelain

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Ceramic materials

Antimony | Ball clay | Bone ash | China clay | China stone | Cornish stone | Clay | Encaustic | Feldspar | Fireclay | Flux | Frit | Grog | Iron red | Kaolin | Lead glaze | Manganese | Mazarine blue | Paste | Petuntse | Pipe clay | Slag | Slip, Smalt | Tin glaze

Bodies & Pastes

Body | Biscuit | Bisque | Bone china | China | Dry body (stoneware) | Earthenware | Felspar porcelain | Felspathic Earthenware | Fine stoneware | Hard-paste porcelain | Ironstone china | Porcelain | Porcellaneous | Pottery | Raku | Soapstone porcelain | Soft-paste porcelain | Stone china | Stoneware | Terracotta | Vitreous stoneware

Pottery processes

Bat printing | Calcine | Casting | Encaustic | Glost firing | Hand-thrown | Incise | Jiggering | Raku | Reduction firing | Slip casting | Turned | Vitrification

Categories
of ware

Agate Ware | Bamboo Ware | Basaltes | Bellarmine | Black porcelain | Blanc de chine | Caneware | Castleford ware | Egyptian black | Commemorative ware | Creamware | Delftware | Faience | Flat Ware | Flint ware | Galleyware | Gaudy Welsh | Hollow Ware | Imari Ware | Ivory porcelain | Jackfield | Japanese export ware | Jasper dip | Jasper ware | Jet | Lace Ware | Lava ware | Lustre ware | Majolica (Maiolica) | Nanking Ware (Nankeen Ware) | Nautilus Ware | Nottingham stoneware | Parian | Pearlware | Piecrust ware | Pratt Ware | Queen's Ware | Red stoneware | Rosso antico | Salt glazed stoneware | Slipware | Solid jasper | Toby jug | Tortoiseshell ware | Wall pocket | Waster | Welsh ware | Wemyss Ware | Whieldon ware | Whimsey | White ware | Yellow Ware

Decorative
terms

Acanthus leaf | Barbotine | Blue and White Ware | Blue dash | Chasing | Clobbering | Crazing | Diaper | Enamel | Famille rose | Famille verte | Flow Blue | Fluted | Foot-rim | Gadroon | Gilding | Ground | Glaze | Gloss | Honey gilding | Impasto | Incised | Japanning | Kakiemon | Mercury gilding | Oil gilding | Palette (Colour palette) | Pinhole | Relief moulding | Rocaille | Rococo | Scandy | Scratch blue | Sgraffito | Spanish Work | Sprigging | Transfer-printing

Miscellaneous

Coupe shape | Fake | Forgery | Finial | Fluted | Foot-rim | Liberty & Co. | Mansion House Dwarf  |  Sparrow-beak | Tazza | Toby jug | Toilet set | Vienna Secession | Wiener Werkstatte

Glossary

noun (plural glossaries)

an alphabetical list of words relating to a specific subject, text, or dialect, with explanations; a brief dictionary

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