During my convalescence after very minor surgery, I have been reading a lot, and using the dictionary, and reveling in words. I can’t take long to write about all my fun discoveries, but one new-to-me word came up in two very different books, within the week: faience.
Rosemary Sutcliff used it in Mark of the Horse Lord in describing a Pictish pendant hanging from a warrior’s neck. And M.F.K. Fisher used it in Long Ago in France to describe mustard pots she knew in Dijon in the 1930’s. I found a photo of a French mustard pot to show here, and one explanation more helpful than the basic dictionary one: “Majolica, delft, and faience are really names for similar ceramic products. An earthenware body is covered with an opaque enameled glaze, usually colorfully decorated.”
I wonder if this one I found online is anything like what Mary Frances saw.
Stay tuned for more word findings!