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Who knew? A short history of bone china

By Angelika Zopf on December 16, 2015 in Art, Design, Industry Approved

During our trip to the Potteries, someone mentioned that there was bone in bone china.  This was news to us, so we did a little research.  A quick Google and one episode of The Great Pottery Throwdown later, and we had the facts. Bone china was introduced in Britain at the end of the 18th century, as a more accessible alternative to Chinese porcelain. It was first known as “Stoke china”, after its main production site Stoke-on-Trent, but was quickly renamed Bone China, because of its main ingredient: bone ash (cow bone); other ingredients include kaolin and Cornish stone. The bone ash gives the china high translucency and the warm white tone it is known for; the higher the bone content, the better the quality.

So, there you have it!