ball clay

  1. a fine dark kaolinic clay that turns white or nearly white when fired, used in the manufacture of a wide variety of ceramic wares in combination with other clays for its exceptional bonding properties and plasticity.

Origin of ball clay

First recorded in 1805–15

Words Nearby ball clay Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ball clay in a sentence

  • The use of a ball clay is therefore limited in white wares because it will spoil the color.

    The Potter's Craft | Charles F. Binns
  • For earthenware or china, the English potters use only two sorts of clays: the ball clay, also called blue clay, and the kaolin.

  • ball clay is very plastic, easily vitrified, but is not white.

    The Potter's Craft | Charles F. Binns
  • If it shrinks too little, a little ball clay will correct it.

    The Potter's Craft | Charles F. Binns
  • Pipe clays are an inferior quality of ball clay; they contain rather more iron and alkalies and considerably more silica.

    The Natural History of Clay | Alfred B. Searle