Stoneware is a broad term for dinnerware or pottery fired at a relatively high temperature. The key raw material in stoneware is either naturally occurring stoneware clay or non-refractory fire clay. A key difference between porcelain and stoneware is that stoneware can have other colours than white. They can also have other finishes, such as shiny, satin or matte, as well as other designs.
Stoneware is prized for its durability and simple production. Unlike Porcelain which can be difficult to reproduce, stoneware does not require specific materials to bring out its beauty and increase its strength. Additional benefits of stoneware include its scratch resistance, its inability to stain and its ease of cleaning.
Like porcelain, it can resist thermal shock which means that it can go straight from the refrigerator to the oven and back again without cracking. Because stoneware and porcelain can be used in microwaves and ovens, they are considered more versatile than bone china.
The main difference between stoneware and porcelain is that stoneware dinnerware goes through a single firing process – unlike porcelain – resulting in warmer, more natural colours. Stoneware also uses a different type of clay in production.
Stoneware is made of a variety of clay, stone and flint, making the appearance and texture of each piece unique.
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