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!