Beautiful art and place settings are made out of both bone china and fine china, but there are differences between the two. Manufacturers define the differences by ingredients, but the differences extend beyond that.
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Fine china was first made about the 16th to 11th century BC in China, according to Travel China Guide. Bone china was made in the 1800s by Josiah Spade in Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, England, according to The Porcelain and Fine China Guide.
Fine china is another name for porcelain and is a mixture of china clay and china stone, while bone china is a precise mixture of 50 per cent bone ash, 25 per cent china clay and 25 per cent china stone.
Two Types of Porcelain
Soft-paste porcelain contains white clay with frit. Frit is white sand, gypsum, alum, nitre, soda and salt and is fired at a lower temperature than the hard-paste porcelain. Hard-paste porcelain is made of china clay and china stone and does not have the frit.
Never use metal hangers they can scratch or crack your piece. Do not wear gloves, as your piece could slip more easily from your grip. Don't put your earthenware in the water because you might have unglazed spots.
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