Elemental Design: Dinnerware 101

I’ve been struggling with my everyday dishes.  This is a trivial trial in my life at the present but I thought I would let you in on what I’ve learned about dinnerware so to make the  decision of “what dishes to buy” a bit easier for you.

dinnerware graph

I have had the first three and they are presented in order from least durable to most durable.  After having a mix of plates for years and constantly throwing out heavily chipped and cracked dinnerware, I opted for the porcelain set from Pottery Barn.  My family is extremely rough on dishes but we’re still in the clear with these.  However, I do miss the earthiness of the stoneware and ironstone.  My mother-in-law gave me some pieces of her china that sit in a glass cabinet and have yet to be used.  Maybe this year will be the year.

Earthenware / Stoneware / Ironstone / Porcelain / Bone China