potter's clay


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potter's clay

[′päd·ərz ′klā]
(materials)
A plastic clay, free from iron and devoid of fissility, suitable for modeling or pottery making or adapted for use on a potter's wheel. Also known as argil; pot earth; potter's earth.
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In his text he mentions gypsum (gypsum), mortar (maltha), limestone (calx), lime (calx viva), burnt lime (calx recens), marble (marmor), potter's clay (argilla) and the use of earthen (fictilis) pipes as water ducts.
On the other hand--again in contrast to Pliny--Isidore makes no attempt to be exhaustive; his examples of earths (taken from previous sources) are relatively few, including only potter's clay (argilla, from which "vessels--vasa--are made", i.e.