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Earthenware is a type of Ceramic pottery that has been fired at lower temperatures. If not glazed, it is very porous, but glazing and a second firing in the kiln can make it water-tight.

Earthenware is not usually a work horse  in the kitchen. It more often has a decorative look and heavy, rustic feel.


When manufacturing an Earthenware product, the clay is fired at relatively low temperatures (between 1,832˚ F to 2,102˚ F). The end results are a hardened but brittle clay material which is slightly porous and not airtight or waterproof. Glazing, and a second firing in the kiln seals the Earthenware  product.


Store Earthenware in a dry place. Do not let un-glazed, porous Earthenware soak for long, if at all.  

Culinary Uses

How Earthenware is used in the kitchen, or at service, is really determined, first and foremost, by whether it has been glazed or not.

Un-glazed Earthenware is porous and not water-proof. It should be purposed to hold liquids.  It is also subject to staining but can be found in items such jars for Dry Goods, or a decorative holders of dry items, like Tortillas, or Bread.  

Glazed Earthenware can be found in many more uses. The most famous is probably those Latin influenced, brightly colored, painted, rooster-shaped water Pitchers.

In general, Earthenware is prone to chipping and is not as durable or strong as other types of kitchenware or tableware. Glazed Earthenware can be Dishwasher-Safe and Microwave-Safe but check with your specific manufacturer. 

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