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Ceramics or pottery is made by forming a ceramic material (often clay) body into objects of a required shape and heating them to high temperatures in a kiln which removes all the water from the clay, and induces reactions that lead to permanent changes to the clay, make it hard, stronger, and insoluble. It may be decorated before or after firing. Pottery is generally broken into three main categories.

Porcelain is a ceramic that is completely vitrified (glass-like), hard, impermeable (even before glazing). It is white or artificially colored, translucent. East Asian traditions classifies pottery into low-fired wares (earthenware) and high-fired wares (often translated as porcelain). High fired ceramics includes stoneware, which is neither white or translucent.

A high proportion of modern porcelain is made of the variant "bone china." Bone china is a type of soft-paste porcelain made from bone ash, feldspar, and kaolin. It has been defined as ware with a translucent body containing a minimum of 30% of phosphate derived from animal bone. Bone china is the strongest of the porcelain or china ceramics, having very high mechanical strength and chip resistance, and is known for its high levels of whiteness and translucency. Its high strength allows it to be produced in thinner cross-sections than other types of porcelain.

Stoneware is a broad term for pottery or other ceramics fired at a relatively high temperature. It may be vitreous or semi-vitreous ceramic made primarily from stoneware clay or fire clay. It is nonporous and does not soak up liquids) and it may or may not be glazed. Many crock pots and jugs are classified as stoneware.

Earthenware is glazed or unglazed non-vitreous pottery that has generally fired at a lower temperature than stoneware or porcelain. Earthenware comprises all primitive pottery whatever the color, all terra-cottas (red clay based), most building bricks, and nearly all European pottery up to the seventeenth century, and American pottery through the beginning of the 18th century. Earthenware, when fired, is opaque, soft and capable of being scratched with a knife. It may be white or light-colored (i.e., slightly greyish, cream or ivory), red, or yellow.

In this category we have we have assembled various porcelain, ceramic, and earthenware pieces of various types and use. See also our Dinnerware Replacements page.

Hand Painted Nippon Tray Handled with flowers Japan

Hand Painted Nippon Tray Handled with flowers Japan

Up for sale in this auction is a pretty 7.5 inch Nippon dish by E-Oh of Japan. It probably dates to the 1930s. It has petite handles, gold trim and...
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Contemporary Navajo Indian Kokopelli Vase Signed Mitchell

Contemporary Navajo Indian Kokopelli Vase Signed Mitchell

This studio pottery Navajo Indian Kokopelli style vase is signed Mitchell (followed by what looks like a letter B), and the word Navajo. It was...
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Staffordshire Blue Transferware Coaster, Stagecoach?

Staffordshire Blue Transferware Coaster, Stagecoach?

This is a nice vintage blue Staffordshire transferware coaster (sometimes also sold as a butter plate). It is about 4.5 inches in diameter. It was...
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Staffordshire Pink Transferware Coaster, Home on Farm

Staffordshire Pink Transferware Coaster, Home on Farm

This is a nice vintage Staffordshire transferware coaster (sometimes also sold as a butter plate). It is a bit under 4.5 inches in diameter. It was...
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Vintage Japan Tokanabe Ware Wall Pocket with Temples, Red Green

Vintage Japan Tokanabe Ware Wall Pocket with Temples, Red Green

This vintage Tokanabe ware wall pocket is about six-and-a-half inches tall and three inches across and made of black ceramic. It features Japanese...
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Bing and Grondahl B G Lily Valley Oyster Sauce Ring Dish

Bing and Grondahl B G Lily Valley Oyster Sauce Ring Dish

This is a small Bing and Grondahl Copenhagen dish in their Lily of the Valley Pattern. It may either be a small condiment dish, or meant as a...
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Signed Laufen Tile of Swiss Church Clock Tower Hand Painted

Signed Laufen Tile of Swiss Church Clock Tower Hand Painted

This is a vintage finely painted Laufen tile of a church clock tower. It is signed with what looks like "H. T. Allard" or "H Tallard." The artist...
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