Ceramic
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The Greeks are responsible for giving us the word "Ceramic" which translates as "of Pottery." Unsurprisingly then, Ceramic (or Ceramics) and Pottery both mean the same thing in the modern world, which is to say that they are general names for items made by from shaped Clay, a soft natural material derived from weathered rock. Once formed into a shape, the clay item can be glazed (to coat and decorate it) before firing it at high temperatures to harden it. The result is pottery.

Varieties

There are three main sub-categories of Ceramics / Pottery: Earthenware, Stoneware and Porcelain. Though they are similar, the main differences between Earthenware, Stoneware and Porcelain, are the heat at which the clay is fired and then their ultimate strength, water resistance and durability.

Culinary Uses

Ceramics are often used to produce utensils, tableware and kitchenware.

Ceramic products are hard, non-reactive, heavy and brittle. They are usually Dishwasher-Safe, Non-Reactive and Scratch-Resistant. Many Ceramic Pieces are also Oven-Safe, Freezer-Safe, Microwave-Safe and they tend to have good insulating properties.