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The beauty that is decorated onto crockery is so often inspired by nature. In fact, the very art and functionality of pottery is linked to innovation itself, it is so much a part of nature, the clay and the sand that it first originated from.
Do you know the difference?
Most of us often find it difficult to differentiate between porcelain, ceramic, china, pottery and other related terms. But if you plan to make a wise choice while buying, selling and collecting crockery, you really need to know the difference between different kinds of collectables. Once you have done this, you will be able to move further on to determine the quality of crockery that you have in mind.
Role of Ceramic
One of the broadest terms used in pottery is “Ceramic”. This usually refers to minerals from the earth, mixed with water and sometimes in organic materials, in various formulas. They are shaped, some decorated and glazed and then heated to create a hard substance. The result of such processes creates “porcelain”, “earthenware”, “stoneware”, “bone china” and other substances that represent different grades of quality.
Temperature as an aspect
The basic difference that you should keep in mind before deciding to buy earthenware or stoneware is it’s tolerance to temperatures. Stoneware, having been fired at temperatures as high as 1200 degrees Centigrade, can withstand a lot of functions in your kitchen, from being moved from the microwave, to the oven and to the refrigerator to the dishwasher. As compared to earthenware which cannot be used in such a versatile manner.
Types of crockery
Crockery isn’t just restricted to ceramic and glass. You have excellent and extremely practical choices to make in stainless steel crockery also. Stainless steel is extremely durable and quite easy to maintain. You could store it away without worrying about getting affected. An easy way to determine the quality of stainless steel that you’re buying is to run your fingers against the surface of the metal. A smooth surface indicates good quality.
Broadly speaking, cutlery too can be welcomed into the family of crockery. There are a number of brands today that are specialized in the production of cutlery. Cutlery today isn’t just about forks and knives. It’s a craft has been enhanced to meet one’s choice of style and etiquette through the different range of designs available today.
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