Guide to Stoneware Dishes

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When you’re searching for everyday dishware, you want something durable that fits your sense of style. More durable than earthenware and porcelain, stoneware can take the drops and dings of everyday life. Stoneware comes in a variety of glazes so you can choose pieces that match your kitchen or bright colors that add a splash of color to everyday life. With proper care, this timeless, casual dishware will serve you and your family for years to come.

What are Stoneware Dishes?

Stoneware is a type of ceramic dish set that is named after its dense, stone-like quality. It is more thick and opaque than other types of ceramic dish sets such as earthenware and porcelain. A vitreous (glass-like) material is added to the clay to gives it extra strength. The vitreous glaze makes stoneware waterproof, unlike earthenware. It can be finished with a variety of glaze textures including matte, satin, or shiny.

Qualities of Stoneware

While stoneware should not be exposed to sudden or extreme temperatures changes, most stoneware can go in the freezer, oven, dishwasher, and microwave. However, check with the manufacturer before exposing your stoneware to these conditions.

What are Stoneware Dishes Made of?

Stoneware dishes are made of natural stoneware clay or non-refractory fire clay. These dishes also include small particles of kaolinite, mica, and quartz. Stoneware clay often has impurities such as carbon or iron which gives the finished product a dark color. If the manufacturer wishes to keep this color, they can apply a transparent glaze. Otherwise, they can apply a colored glaze. Once glazed, the clay is fired at high temperatures, usually between 2,012-2,372 degrees fahrenheit. The dishes can be fired once or twice. Twice-firing is used to create a higher quality glaze finish.

Stoneware Dishes for Sale

Pre-owned stoneware dishes come with character and are often less expensive than new sets. Find the right stoneware dish set for your household on MaxSold. MaxSold is an online auction website that lets you search local estate sales. You can buy anything from china cabinets to comic books. And yes, of course, stoneware dish sets. Our experts price items so you receive a fair deal. If you win an auction, you will be assigned a time and location to pick up your new-to-you stoneware and any other items you won.

Learn about other dishware such as Waterford Crystal.

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