Stoneware is an increasingly popular choice for modern family tableware and given its practical properties its really not that surprising. But what exactly is it? How is it produced and what are the benefits? A name associated with pottery which has been fired to extremely high temperatures, Stoneware is more resilient than both porcelain and earthenware. It is made from clay and an addition of glass material which gives it extra strength. The body of stoneware is generally thicker creating a more casual look and enabling a variety of finishes or glazes to be applied to it.
So what you gain in durability you don’t need to compromise on with style!
Here at Layered Lounge we source all our stoneware from Portugal. Why? Well not just because we love the country but because they are the best Stoneware producers in the world. Costa Nova is situated in the north of Portugal and has been manufacturing a beautiful range of stoneware for over 200 years. Using a blend of modern and traditional techniques, each piece produced is fired up to 1180ºC in a single process which creates a glazed surface and hence ensures the products are highly resistant to thermal shock and chip resistant. It also makes them less porous so you can use them in the dishwasher, oven, microwave and freezer.
Whats more, the supplier prides itself on being environmentally friendly too. Situated in a location surrounded by Pine trees, the factory operates with extremely high standard procedures for waste processing and recycling. Resulting in pieces that are Eco-friendly, reusable and recyclable. The single-firing technology used also reduced emissions into the atmosphere.
Carefully designed to consider current trends, whist staying true to the Mediterranean origins, every item is finished by hand by artisans. So each piece is unique and special.
But what about the benefits of cooking with stoneware? Well, it does not give off any chemicals in the same way that aluminium or copper might for a start. So its a healthier option, allowing your food to have a cleaner taste. It also distributes heat evenly so your food is cooked more effectively, and retains heat for longer. So you can take your food straight from oven to table in one of our stylish dishes or trays knowing it will remain warm for longer.
So there you have it. That is why our number one choice for everyday tableware has to be Portuguese Stoneware. Durability, practicality yet without compromising on style, making it a superb choice for entertaining too. No wonder it is so popular amongst the hospitality industry too. Click here to take a look at our ranges: Astoria and Friso.