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The Main Differences between Ceramic, Porcelain and Stoneware Dinnerware Dinnerware choices are many; you will have a specific theme in your mind when shopping for the best dinnerware. Considering ceramic, porcelain and stoneware dinnerware can be exciting and fun, particularly after you have learned about the three types. Knowing their differences will help you make a better choice. The three have different qualities, feel and look, and each of them will appear great in almost any kitchen setting. Your taste and budget will also influence your choice. Overview of Ceramic, Porcelain, and Stoneware Before we focus on the main differences between the three types of dinnerware (Porcelain, Stoneware, and Ceramics), it is important you understand what they are and their making process. Ceramic Ceramic production started many years ago. The most other ceramics were not practical, and instead, they were ornamental. In other words, people treasured ceramics items for their aesthetic qualities. Today, however, ceramics are more functional. Manufacturers use them to make items of beauty, including figurines, statues, and decorative tiles. They also use them to make practical items, which include dishes, fiber optics, and electrical insulators. When referring to collectibles such as plates, figurines, tiles, and sculptures, people use the term "ceramic" if the item does not fall in the class of pottery, porcelain or stoneware. However, people also use the term "ceramics" when referring to pottery, porcelain, and stoneware. Ceramic items are not necessary of lesser quality than the porcelain or stoneware items. Porcelain and stoneware are specific subcategories of ceramics. Porcelain Ceramics have been present for thousands of years, but porcelain is a comparatively newer development. Manufacturers use refined white clay, known as kaolin clay, to make porcelain dinnerware. Porcelain is translucent and nonporous. It is a type of dinnerware reserved for fancy parties and dinners, but you can use it for your daily living. Some of its differentiating features include lightweight, thinner walls, and delicate appearance. Porcelain has a prominent white color that forms the main attraction. You will therefore rarely find painted or marked porcelain dinnerware in the market. Stoneware The primary difference between stoneware, ceramic and porcelain is that stoneware dinnerware has a single firing at a constant temperature. The other difference is that stoneware can have many other colors than white including blue and green. What's more, they have other finishes like satin, shiny or matte in addition to numerous designs.


The main differentiating features between Ceramic, Porcelain, and Stoneware: Ceramic - Ceramic dinnerware is dense and is opaque (light do not pass through them). The color should help you find out the type of clay. - Is usually thicker with a sturdier appearance - Due to its porosity manufacturers apply glaze to allow water tightness - The unglazed ceramic dishware have grainy or chalky texture - Ceramic dishware is not as finely detailed as porcelain pieces Porcelain - Porcelain is translucent (allows light passage) - It is typically cream, white or gray colored - It is thin, with a delicate appearance - It is lightweight (including without glaze) - Has smooth surface - Pasty clay allows for intricate fine details. Stoneware - Stoneware dinnerware are available in many colors - Also, stoneware dinnerware is available in many finishes including satin, shinny, matte - Stoneware allows for more designs Choosing between the three You can use one of the three types of dinnerware (ceramic, porcelain, and stoneware) in microwaves and ovens. During your purchase, consider how you will use the dinnerware. If you need fancier dinnerware for a special dinner or occasion, porcelain and stoneware sets will work perfectly. Otherwise, consider ceramic dinnerware.

The main differences between ceramic, porcelain and stoneware  

To tell the main differences between ceramic, porcelain and stoneware dinnerware to help users to choose while purchasing. Written for DOWAN...

The main differences between ceramic, porcelain and stoneware  

To tell the main differences between ceramic, porcelain and stoneware dinnerware to help users to choose while purchasing. Written for DOWAN...

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