One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in pottery) a hard glaze with a pitted surface, produced on stoneware by adding salt to the kiln during firing.
- ‘The chemical affinity between body and salt glaze resulted in a remarkably durable, naturally white colored ware.’
- ‘While the thin salt glaze conformed closely to intricate designs, the transparent lead glaze tended to pool in the interstices of the molded patterns.’
- ‘When the heat was at its maximum a bucket of coarse salt was thrown into the kiln, where it vaporized, covering all exposed surfaces with a shiny and somewhat pitted or pebbled finish referred to as salt glaze.’
- ‘It was made from a mixture of clay and 20 per cent ground flint, with a salt glaze, and was a typical product of the Staffordshire industry.’
- ‘During his tour in Japan, Dresser collected precisely this kind of ceramic ware with running glazes or simple salt glazing that influenced the later production at Linthorpe Pottery in Hull, England.’
- ‘Salt glazing, with its distinctive "orange peel" surface, has long attracted both ceramicists and collectors. In his new book, well-known potter Phil Rogers looks at all the aspects of this very special glazing technique.’
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