Porcelain was first developed in China in the seventh century. It is made by blending clay with other substances and firing them together at very high temperatures (between 1200°C to 1400°C) to give porcelain its glass-like qualities. Porcelain combines glass’s low porosity with clay’s ability to retain its shape when heated, which makes it suitable for a range of applications from plates to electrical insulators.

Properties and qualities

Porcelain is strong, tough, non-porous and translucent. Any item made from porcelain is likely to last a long time.

How does it feel?

Porcelain is a hard material that typically feels smooth to touch (depending on the finish).


Porcelain items can be wiped with a soft cloth to remove dust. If it needs to be cleaned further then wash them by hand in warm – never hot – water with a mild detergent. For best results, refer to the care instructions on your porcelain product.