The Difference Between Ceramic and Porcelain Tableware

Ceramic and porcelain tableware manufactured by Java Porcelain

There is certainly a difference between porcelain tableware  and other ceramic tableware. It is sometimes referred to as a quality difference, but it might be better to call it a suitability difference. The suitability of both porcelain tableware  and ceramic tableware greatly depends on the situation in which they will be used.

Technically, of course, porcelain tableware are just one category of ceramic tableware. Other categories include pottery, stoneware, earthenware, and so on. Ceramic simply refers to “any product (as earthenware, porcelain, or brick) made essentially from a nonmetallic mineral (as clay) by firing at a high temperature.” Colloquially, most people speak of ceramic tableware as any kind of clay product that is not porcelain. The categories can become quite blurred in everyday speech. However, the differences between various types of ceramic tableware  simply depend on the clay from which they are made and the temperature at which they are fired. For your information, Java Porcelain uses the finest quality of formulated porcelain clay with the non toxic plumbum (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) ceramic glaze; burnt at the temperature of 1350 degree Celsius for the porcelain tableware and at the 1250 degree Celsius for the ceramic tableware.

Our porcelain tableware are made from high kaolin clay and fired at temperatures as high as 1350 degree Celsius. This makes an exceptionally white ceramic and can make very thin-walled vessels. For a long time, porcelain was referred to as “china” or “fine china” because the process was developed in China; Europeans tried to duplicate this kind of ceramic for over 200 years before developing a fair imitation. Because porcelain was so rare and coveted in Europe, it was quite valuable at the time. The connotation of value and exclusivity has clung to the term “china”, and the term “porcelain” is often used loosely as an indicator of high quality ceramics. And now, we proudly present Java Porcelain as the high quality porcelain and ceramic manufacturer in Indonesia.

Another difference between porcelain tableware and other kinds of ceramic tableware is the thickness of the clay sides. Porcelain tableware  are thin enough to be translucent when held up to light; they have a particularly smooth texture, a beautiful luster, and they are comparatively lightweight and fragile. Other ceramic tableware have thicker sides (although the degree of thickness will vary), they are always opaque, and they are comparatively heavy and sturdy. They lend themselves both to folk designs and to sleek, modern designs. Because of the thick sides, they retain heat longer than other tableware.

The choice between porcelain tableware and other ceramic tableware  should be made on the basis of suitability. Porcelain tableware are good choices when durability is not a major concern and an air of elegance is desired. Other ceramic tableware are good choices when practical, sturdy tableware are needed.


Difference Between Ceramic and Porcelain Tile

Handmade porcelain tile manufactured by Java Porcelain

Tile products are available in an unbelievably large selection of colors, patterns and textures. This fact alone can be overwhelming when trying to choose the perfect tile to suit your needs. But the thing that seems to confuse consumers more than design choices is the difference between the types of tile. Each type is made from a different composition, and that is what determines the tile’s body color, texture and density.

Java Porcelain provides  you two types of tile: Ceramic Tile, Porcelain Tile. Based on our experience, ceramic and porcelain are the ones that confuse consumers most. Thus, we would like to share the most differences between ceramic and porcelain tile.

The term “ceramic tile” is often used as a generic name for all types of tile. But the composition of true ceramic is very different from that of the other types. Ceramic is made primarily of clay mixed with various minerals and water. This composition is then processed with heat to create the solidified product. Since ceramic material is porous, the top surface is usually sealed with a glaze. The glazed surface is referred to as the design layer since it determines the tile’s finished color, design and texture.

Glazed ceramic tile is very durable, and when properly installed and cared for, it will last longer than any non-tile material used for the same purpose. It is also one of the easiest surfaces to clean, and because of its composition, it will not absorb odors, nor support allergens or bacteria. When coated with  higher glaze, ceramic tile is highly resistant to scratching and moisture. Another important feature is that it will not burn, emit toxic fumes or scorch.

The primary ingredient in the composition of true porcelain tile is finely-ground sand. Unlike ceramic, processing of the porcelain composition involves pressure and extremely high temperature. The end result is a very dense, glass-like material with a water absorption rate of less than 0.5%. Because of its density and composition of natural ingredients, porcelain tile has all the same excellent qualities of glazed ceramic.

Recently, porcelain has experienced a surge in popularity. But,  both ceramic and porcelain tiles have their positive and slightly less positive points, but they tend to offset each other. For example, since porcelain is a denser material, it is stronger than its ceramic counterpart. By the same token, porcelain’s hardness makes it a little more challenging to install. Porcelain tile requires special tools for cutting and shaping. The average do-it-yourselfer would not typically have these tools and may not be experienced enough to use them if they were rented or purchased.

When comparing price and durability, there is little difference between ceramic and porcelain tile. Expensive and inexpensive styles are available in both types, and under normal circumstances, there would be no noticeable difference in wear between the two.

The bottom line is that it doesn’t really matter which type of tile you select. Ceramic and porcelain are both exceptional floor and wall covering materials. The only problem you’ll have is deciding which size, color and texture will suit your need. So, if you need further imformation about our products, don’t hesitate to contact us .

Handmade ceramic tile manufactured by Java Porcelain

Porcelain And Ceramic Dinning Dishes

Porcelain Plates

Porcelain Plate and Bowl

Ceramic Dinning Dishes

Ceramic tea set / coffee set