added by archaeologs Distinctive pottery that has been fired at a high temperature (about 1,200 C / 2,200 F) until glasslike and impervious to liquid). Usually opaque, but mainly because it is nonporous, it does not require a glaze. When a glaze is used, it is decorative only. Stoneware originated in China as early as 1400 BC (Shang dynasty). The technique made possible the production of durable tablewares.
added by archaeologs Distinctively hard-fired vessels which were first made at Siegburg near Cologne as early as about 1200 ad. Stoneware involved the firing of pots in excess of 1100°C, at which point the molecules fuse to form a new stronger structure. Stonewares required particular clays, but the technique made possible the production of durable tablewares.
The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983