Dinnerware is the dishes, plates, saucers, cups, tureens, pitchers, et al that we use at the table to serve food. It is also frequently called "china". This is because much of the early elegant dinnerware was produced in China and imported to Europe when ocean going trade opened between the continents. It was soon copied in Europe and later in the new world, however, the name "china" has stuck to this day.
Most people, in their lifetimes, plan to acquire at least two sets of dinnerware, one for everyday use and a also a set for more formal or celebratory occasions. Proper care of dinnerware will help insure that it remains useful and beautiful for generations.
At this site we tell you how to take care of your dinnerware. To navigate this site you may click on the link to a specific article in the table of contents below (or on the navbar at the top of each page). To view the site in the manner in which it was intended use the "next page" links at the bottom of each page.
Washing by hand is the preferred method for certain delicate items of dinnerware.
Using a dishwasher can make the job easier and is quite permissible for many dishes.
How you store your dinnerware is important in its long-term care.
Antiques require special care that newer, more durable wear might not require.
We have put together a few links that you might find useful.