Types Of Dinnerware Materials

Before you pick the pieces you want and the designs of Dinnerware, AKA Tableware, let’s go over the many different materials they come in. The most common tableware materials are earthenware, bone china, porcelain, and stoneware.

Each type is uniquely different and can help you narrow down your search based on what you’re looking for.

  • Porcelain: Porcelain is made from porcelain clay and is versatile and durable thanks to the high firing temperature. Porcelain is often dishwasher, microwave, as well as oven-safe. 
  • Bone China: Bone china is lightweight but durable, making it chip-resistant. It is a good choice if you want something for everyday use but still looks elegant for dinner parties. Unlike fine china, it is usually microwave and dishwasher-safe.
  • Earthenware: Earthenware is made from clay that is fired at a relatively low temperature. Since it is a low temperature, it is often not as sturdy as other options and is somewhat porous. 

    However, earthenware appeals to people looking for something that looks casual with a natural feel. It is one of the oldest industrial materials, and earthenware pieces are heavy.

    Earthenware tableware is sensitive to unexpected temperature changes. To keep it looking new, avoid putting it in the oven or in a microwave with a high power level setting. It also needs to be adequately glazed. Otherwise, it is not waterproof, and liquids will soak into it. 
  • Stoneware: Stoneware tableware is also made from clay, but the clay is different than earthenware materials. Stoneware is fired at a high temperature, making it more durable with a denser, stone-like quality than earthenware. 

    The finished product is waterproof, and it does not necessarily need to be glazed, but some sets have a special finishing glaze. At Fable, our stoneware is dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe up to 450ºF. 

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