Porcelain or ceramics - where is the difference?

Is your crockery at home ceramic or porcelain? Do you know where the difference between the two is? Find out at a glance what makes porcelain and ceramics different.

Ceramics as a generic term

Ceramics is the generic term for all products made of non-metallic, inorganic materials. The subtypes of ceramics can be roughly divided into stoneware, stoneware, porcelain and other. Porcelain is therefore ceramics, but ceramics are not just porcelain. Other ceramics are often made from clay, while china is made from china clay, also called kaolin. That's why porcelain is so white and slightly translucent.

What special properties does porcelain have?

If you want to know if your china is porcelain or not, you can check it for the following characteristics:

  • Porcelain, on the contrary to alumina ceramics, is slightly translucent.
  • Porcelain is lighter than clay objects of the same volume.
  • Porcelain is much less prone to bumps or knocks than clay products because it is very hard due to the high kaolin content.

Tips & Tricks

Read here how to determine the porcelain brand of your dishes.

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