Earthenware is pottery made from a porous clay that is fired at relatively low temperatures. It can be glazed to to overcome its porosity in order to store liquids. Examples of earthenware are faience, delft and majolica.

Properties and qualities

Glazed earthenware is opaque and easily decorated: it is often painted in a range of colours and designs, and widely used to make kitchenware for cooking.

How does it feel?

Earthenware feels solid, and can be smooth or coarse depending on the finish.


Earthenware can be cleaned with a damp cloth. For best results, refer to the care instructions on your earthernware product.