Stoneware is a type of clay that is fired at extremely high temperatures (approximately 1,196° Celsius) to produce a strong ceramic material that is generally used to make dishes, mugs, plates and bowls. Stoneware differs from earthenware in that it is stronger due to being fired at higher temperatures and it differs from porcelain in that it is more opaque. Stoneware can be decorated with a coloured or clear glaze and then refired. However, this glazing is purely for decorative purposes and not a necessary part of the production process.
Properties and qualities
Stoneware is strong, durable and chip-resistant, therefore it is very suited to daily use. It is also waterproof and so suitable for the garden. The natural colour of stoneware is grey or brown.
How does it feel?
Stoneware is a very hard material.
Stoneware products can be cleaned using a damp cloth. For best results, refer to the care instructions on your stoneware product.