CERAMICS AND GLASS USE AND CARE
Definition of Porcelain / Ceramics:
Ceramics is an overall definition of the material. Porcelain, Bone China are categories defined by water absorption %. There are also stoneware, terra-cotta which are low in water absorption rate. 99% of products in Loveramics are porcelain, which makes it stain free, durable and long lasting.
Definition of Glass:
There are 2 types of glass we use. Boro-silicate glass and machine made soda lime glass.
Boro-silicate are used in teapots, jugs and has very good thermo-stability. You can fire them as they are test tube glasses. Their clarity is amazingly transparent as well. They are usually thinner as well.
Soda Lime Glass, are mostly silica, sodium and lime. They are not heat proof, but would be good enough to handle hot drinks. Do not burn them as if they are boro-silicate glass.
Water Absorption Rate:
Means the amount of water a piece of fired clay would soak up. This is particularly important as you leave the crockery in a tank of leftover food with detergents. The lower the water absorption means the less stain it would take in. Loveramics body takes <0.5% due to our high fired property, and non-porous in nature. That sets a difference between us and competitions. Please note that in many countries, products are taxed according to this.
Loveramics products are strong due to high density and high fired manufacturing process. We are very resistant to chipping but by no means its unbreakable. Handle with care.
All Loveramics ceramics are industrial dishwasher safe. Our body is particularly well built for this. General glaze wear happens years after multiple daily use with industrial dishwasher.
Oven and Freezer Safe:
All Loveramics ceramics are microwave, oven and freezer safe. Feel free to bake in them. However, as stable as it is as a ceramics body, an extreme thermo-shock might still crack it. Do not take the products straight out of oven, and run it under the tap. Use sensibly.
The glaze are very resistant to scratches. However, some cutlery might leave scratch marks on the surface, due to "softness" in metal. Ceramics is a harder material than metal so low quality cutlery will leave mark. Try not to use with non-alloy.
Some matte glaze such as the "brewers", "stone" collections feature an artisan glaze, which are more scratchy. Dark colour glaze such as "cobalt" and "denim" are more exposed to glaze scratch due to the nature of colour.
However, glaze marks / scratches will never affect your usage. It can only be seen easier but not affect the usage.
Our ceramics are still mostly hand made in the 21st century with help of machines. Ceramics are formed in the kiln instead of the mould, makes it the most unpredictable material, which also makes it charming. Our terms of stackability and measurements will be of reasonable usage, the plates are by no means accurate to the millimetre, and they are not meant to perfectly stack like plastics.
the ceramics consist of locally sourced clay, and they are fired in clean energy in natural gas. The clay are all natural materials so they might range from batch to batch, although we try our best to control the consistency scientifically. We also recycle our own water usage to reduce waste to minimum.
Bone China and its bone source:
Bone china tend to use animal bones when it was invented. However, we replaced it with a 21st century technology in synthetic bone. In chemical terms they are the likes of calcium oxides. Manufacturing of our bone china cause no animal harm, in fact we are far more consistent, and efficient in this way. We use 48% "fake bone" content, which is highest in bone china manufacturing standard, and able to keep the translucency.