The term stoneware applies to clay bodies that, when fired, absorb 1-3% water. Stoneware pots will normally hold water even without a protective glaze surface; although some may get damp on the surface if unglazed. In the hierarchy of absorption, stoneware is much less absorbent than earthenware and slightly more absorbent than porcelain. Stoneware is normally glaze fired to between 2200 and 2350 degrees Fahrenheit.

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