Ceramic vs. Porcelain
Ceramic and porcelain are two materials that are strong and smooth, but breakable. They are often used in making tile, dishes, and figurines. Porcelain is actually a very refined type of ceramic.
Ceramic is made from clay that has been heated to very high temperature and hardened. Ceramic pieces are less dense and absorb more water than porcelain, which makes them more suitable for indoor, low-traffic areas. They can be made from a variety of clay types and colors and can be painted before being fired.
Porcelain is made from clay that has been baked and hardened. It is a type of ceramic, but its clay makes it denser and more durable. Its clay is white and very refined.
Though the two are very similar, porcelain tends to be more expensive than ceramic. Both can be used in heavy-duty house wares, such as tile flooring, as well as more delicate items such as dishes and figurines.
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