Frequently asked questions
What is Porcelain?
Porcelain is a high quality, durable and hard-wearing material created from a white clay, kaolin, feldspar, silica and quartz. It is fired at a temperature above 2300°F (1260°C) to produce a hard and smooth surfaced, water-resistant material. Porcelain is a beneficial product when used in high water areas, such as in your dishwasher, to its greater water resistance and high durability.
What is the difference between porcelain and ceremics?
Often used interchangeably, there is a definitive difference between porcelain and ceramics. When comparing the two, there are several reasons why porcelain is a decidedly favored material for items such as dinnerware.
Porcelain is a higher quality material that is durable and chip resistant. Hence why it is the ideal choice for items such as dinnerware which are prone to a high level of use and damage.
Porcelain is more impervious to water, meaning it has a greater water resistance than ceramic. It vitrifies during firing, creating a non-absorbent surface. This means less water absorption into the plate will take place, maintaining the structural integrity of porcelain which makes plates more durable and chip-resistant. This therefore creates a higher quality material than ceramic that is ideal for everyday use.
The addition of specific clays in the firing process results in the glassy appearance when fired at high temperatures. Porcelain will also have fewer impurities than ceramics, meaning the end product will have less flaws than when compared to ceramics.
Ceramics are cheaper to manufacture than porcelain products, hence the difference in price range when comparing the two. The difference is that porcelain is a more longer-lasting and durable product that will last for many years to come.