Glazed earthenware dish, 1655-65. Museum no. C.248-1911

Glazed earthenware dish, 1655-65. Museum no. C.248-1911

Earthenware dish
London
1655-65
Tin glazed
Museum no. C.248-1911

Earthenware

Earthenware is fired at comparatively low temperatures (up to 1150ºC) and ranges in colour from creamy-white to red-brown. The low firing temperature means that the clay particles are only partly fused together and there are spaces (pores) between them. Earthenware is prone to staining, because liquids are able to penetrate into the body through the pores. Earthenware pieces tend to have thicker walls than stoneware and porcelain, to add strength. Earthenware objects may be unglazed or glazed.