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See also: faïence


Example of faience.

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


faience (countable and uncountable, plural faiences)

  1. A type of tin-glazed earthenware ceramic.
    • 1886, Henry James, The Bostonians.
      If she had wondered what Mrs. Burrage wished so particularly to talk about, she waited some time for the clearing-up of the mystery. During this interval she sat in a remarkably pretty boudoir, where there were flowers and faiences and little French pictures, and watched her hostess revolve round the subject in circles the vagueness of which she tried to dissimulate.
  2. (archaeology) The beads and small ornaments of the eastern Mediterranean. (Of bronze and iron age manufacture using frit technology.)



  • Krueger, Dennis (December 1982). "Why On Earth Do They Call It Throwing?" Studio Potter Vol. 11, Number 1.[1] (etymology)
  • “faience” in the Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, 1974 edition.


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