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A large number of tableware products are entering the German and European market, which their manufacturers euphemistically refer to as “Fine China“. Some even describe it as porcelain of high quality. However, a glance into the “raw material kitchen” and into the kiln provides clarity.
- Kaolin is replaced by yellow and white clay or other substitutes
- The firing temperatures for biscuit firing (up to 1,300 °C) are higher than for glost firing.
- The firing temperatures for glost firing (up to 1,280 °C) are too low for porcelain.
= i.e. it is stoneware.
It is possible that the suppliers of the products with the name “Fine China” are using the ancient term “soft porcelain” against the background of extensive expert knowledge and justify this with the knowledge of the recipe of the body and a possible transparency. Why then – in view of such expert knowledge – is the original name not also used?
This is probably because the consumer would not be happy to accept the term ‘soft’ in connection with ‘porcelain’. But please let us also take up the cudgels. No matter whether stoneware or soft porcelain – this type of tableware has its justification (see stoneware), and really beautiful decorations and attractive articles for the private sector can be produced with it, e.g. figures, vases and statuettes.