China stone

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Description

A fine-grain stone produced from the decomposition of feldspathic granite. China stone contains kaolin, quartz, mica, and fluorite. It is found in China, England, and Wales. Finely ground China stone is considered an important addition to kaolin for the production of porcelain. It is also used in glazes. Similar stones found in the United States have the names of Jersey stone, Godfrey spar, and Manx stone.

Synonyms and Related Terms

petuntze; Cornish stone; growanstone; Cornwall stone; Jersey stone; Godfrey spar; Manx stone; Carolina stone; purple stone

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 128
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Robert Fournier, Illustrated Dictionary of Practical Pottery, Chilton Book Company, Radnor, PA, 1992
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979

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