Word Archaeology: faience

This word is derived from the name of a French city (Faenza) that became known for its earthenware pottery creations. It refers to a white pottery glaze with added tin, which requires a kiln capable of temperatures about 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, that was invented in Iran or the Middle East sometime before the 9th Century.

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