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What Are the Basic Types of Tableware?


Tableware is used to set a table for eating a meal or for serving food. It is also known as a dinnerware, which includes cutlery and glassware. In Britain, it is also called crockery. Tableware can be made of ceramic, glass, earthenware, porcelain or stoneware and sometimes plastic. 

The nature, variety of tableware varies from culture, religion and cuisine. Most people don't have the space to stock all kinds of glassware or tableware, but depending on your usage and frequency you could invest accordingly.

What are the classification of tableware?

Tableware is used to set a table for eating a meal or for serving food. It can be made of glass, ceramic, earthenware, stoneware or porcelain. The nature of tableware varies from religion, culture and cuisine. It can be categorised into four types - serveware, dinnerware, silverware and drinkware or glassware.

What are the different types of dinnerware?

This guide will get you educated on the different dinnerware materials to help you make smart choices when shopping.The types of tableware are as follows.

Earthenware Dinnerware.

Stoneware Dinnerware.

Porcelain Dinnerware or China Dinnerware.

Bone China Dinnerware.

Vitrified Glass Dinnerware.

Melamine Dinnerware.


What is included in tableware?

Tableware are the dishes or dishware used for setting a table, serving food and dining. It includes cutlery, glassware, serving dishes and other useful items for practical as well as decorative purposes.

What are plates and bowls called?

Dishes-plates, bowls, and cups are crockery. Crockery most often refers to everyday ceramic tableware, rather than fine, expensive china. You'll set the table with crockery when the occasion is too formal for paper plates but not fancy enough for porcelain.

What are the 3 basic components of tableware?

Lids and saucers are counted as separate pieces. A three-piece place setting consists of dinner plate, cup, and saucer. A four-piece setting contains dinner plate, cup, saucer, and salad plate. A five-piece place setting includes dinner plate, cup, saucer, salad plate, and bread-and-butter plate or soup bowl.

Why are dishes called China?

The European name, porcelain in English, comes from the old Italian porcellana (cowrie shell) because of its resemblance to the surface of the shell. Porcelain is also referred to as china or fine china in some English-speaking countries, as it was first seen in imports from China.

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