potter's clay

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pot·ter's clay

A clay suitable for making pottery or for modeling. Also called potter's earth.
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Noun1.potter's clay - clay that does not contain any ironpotter's clay - clay that does not contain any iron; used in making pottery or for modeling
clay - a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired
slip - potter's clay that is thinned and used for coating or decorating ceramics
References in classic literature ?
Those turf-heaps, mounds of potter's clay, melted at the word of the soldiers like butter in the frying-pans of Friesland housewives.
I had read of the potter's clay and wheel in Scripture, but it had never occurred to me that the pots we use were not such as had come down unbroken from those days, or grown on trees like gourds somewhere, and I was pleased to hear that so fictile an art was ever practiced in my neighborhood.
However, many stock clay body formulas were originally an individual potter's clay body that the supplier is now mass producing, preferably with the potter's consent.