Porcelain: a hard, white, translucent clay body, usually with a very white and smooth surface when covered in a clear glaze. Porcelain is not reactive, so virtually any food can be stored in it and is often dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe - making it great for everyday use.
Bone China: a type of porcelain that is composed of bone ash, feldspar and kaolin. Produced using a vitrifying process that makes the surface tough, glassy and non-porous, providing durability and chip resistance. With its vivid white translucency, bone chine provides the perfect base for more extensive table decoration by allowing other colours to stand out.
Fine China: though it is a kind of porcelain, this fine china tends to be thinner and more translucent. However, it remains durable and is usually dishwasher safe.
Earthenware: one of the oldest materials used in pottery, the clay is fired at lower temperatures and does not become vitreous. As a result, earthenware will always need to be glazed to ensure it is non-porous. Although it is hard-wearing, it's best to hand wash carefully to avoid chipping.
Stoneware: less durable than porcelain, stoneware is fired at lower temperatures to give its distinctive texture. A popular and affordable choice for everyday dining as cookware and for serving.