Definitions for faiencefaɪˈɑns, -ˈɑ̃s, feɪ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fa•iencefaɪˈɑns, -ˈɑ̃s, feɪ-(n.)

or fa•ïence

  1. glazed earthenware or pottery, esp. a fine variety with highly colored designs.

    Category: Ceramics

Origin of faience:

1705–15; < F, orig. pottery of Faenza, city in N Italy

Princeton's WordNet

  1. faience(noun)

    glazed earthenware decorated with opaque colors

Wiktionary

  1. faience(Noun)

    A type of tin-glazed earthenware ceramic.

  2. Origin: From faïence, named after the city Faenza in Italy, where it was made in the 16th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Faience(noun)

    glazed earthenware; esp., that which is decorated in color

Freebase

  1. Faience

    Faience or faïence is the conventional name in English for fine tin-glazed pottery on a delicate pale buff earthenware body, originally associated with Faenza in northern Italy. The invention of a white pottery glaze suitable for painted decoration, by the addition of an oxide of tin to the slip of a lead glaze, was a major advance in the history of pottery. The invention seems to have been made in Iran or the Middle East before the ninth century. A kiln capable of producing temperatures exceeding 1,000 °C was required to achieve this result, the result of millennia of refined pottery-making traditions. The term is now used for a wide variety of pottery from several parts of the world, including many types of European painted wares, often produced as cheaper versions of porcelain styles. Technically, lead-glazed earthenware, such as the French sixteenth-century Saint-Porchaire ware, does not properly qualify as faience, but the distinction is not usually maintained.

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