Another busted plate – bone china dinnerware in my future

The bottom of this chipped plate says “China” but I have a feeling that’s where it was made not that it is bone china.

For some reason I don’t know, plates just don’t last around my household. About two years ago, I bought new dishes. It was a inexpensive set. I bought a 32 piece dinnerware set. Each set included 8 dinner plates, salad plates, soup bowl, and mugs. By buying two, I knew there would be spoilage, and I knew we needed enough when company came over. After two years, I did not expect I would have two plates left out of the 8, and those two plates are even busted up. One of the plates has a chip; the other plate has a crack through it.

Now the dinnerware was not top of the line. It was cheap stuff I bought at a big box store. It did get abused from time to time, so I am not placing the blame on the product. (It was probably the users of the product.) I do need different dinnerware. I am trying to find something that will last a little longer, and I did a little research on different types of dinnerware.

From what I found, there are a few different types, such as earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, and bone china.

Earthenware has a non-porous surface — similar to glass. Made from unrefined clay, earthenware is fired at 950 degrees centigrade.

Stoneware uses a more refined clay and is fired at 1100 degrees centigrade and is chip resistant.

Porcelain has a nonporous surface — like glass — and is fired 100 degree higher than stoneware at 1200 degrees centigrade.

Bone china is more translucent than porcelain. It is fired twice at 1250 degrees centigrade.

From what I read, bone china is the most durable but has a delicate appearance. I am going to get this this time around with the intent that it lasts longer.

I looked on Amazon for bone china and was a bit overwhelmed. Sites that list fine china brands and what to look for when buying fine china are helpful.

I did come across a few other good tips as well. I will admit I am guilty of this one in the past: Buy dishes that fit your cupboards and dishwasher.

My first set of dishes did not fit in the cupboards. They were these big 12″ diameter dinner plates. They had to go back.

Another good thing is to just buy open stock items. This is one I might do this time around. Buy a one 16 piece set and 4 more dinner plates. The dinner plates are what are used when entertaining.

I have been thinking about buying a cheaper set for regular use and one for formal dining. This is what my parents do but they rarely use the formal china and it seems like a waste. I am not convinced about this yet and doubt I want “heirloom” dishes.

A neutral color is the way to go. As much as I like the bright orange plates, they are not very classic or timeless. A good neutral color would fit well with any kitchen, even after a remodeling job.

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