Pfaltzgraff has used earthenware, stoneware, porcelain and bone china at some point in our history. Our current dinnerware patterns are made primarily of stoneware and porcelain.
Bone China is made from a mixture of bone ash and highly refined clay, firing temperature varies from 1475°F to 2500°F depending on the finish. It is pure white or cream and has a translucent, non-porous body. Bone china is the most durable of the ceramic types.
Porcelain is made from highly refined white clay and can be fired at over 2300°F. Porcelain tends to be thinner and lighter than stoneware with a more delicate appearance and non-porous body.
Stoneware is a hard, durable ceramic made of light colored clay typically fired at over 2200°F. It is opaque and porous. Stoneware dinnerware tends to be thicker and heavier than porcelain or china. It can be glazed in a wide variety of colors and finishes (matte, satin and shiny) for diverse designs.
Earthenware is made from a mixture of clay and sand and is usually fired at temperatures near 2100°F. Earthenware is opaque and porous and tends to be less resistant to chipping than stoneware. Earthenware is an ideal medium for hand-painted and embossed designs. The lower firing temperatures allow for more intense color than would be possible with other types of ceramics. Ironstone is a heavier, stronger type of earthenware.
Reactive Glaze is a glazing technique used on Stoneware to create unique colors and pattern variation. Once the glaze is applied, it undergoes a reaction under extreme temperatures during the firing process. The results are beautiful multi-tonal colors and patterns like our ever popular Painted Poppies and Rustic Leaves dinnerware. The nature and hand-crafted qualities of this type of glaze ensures that no two pieces will be exactly alike.
Pfaltzgraff dinnerware without precious metal accents is safe to use in the dishwasher and microwave. Since our Pfaltzgraff product line is extensive, we highly recommend checking the packaging or the website product detail page in the Use & Care section.
Earthenware can become extremely hot when used in the microwave. The use of potholders or padded mitts is recommended.
Never use any dinnerware with metal trim in the microwave.
Please read the use and care instructions for any non-ceramic products carefully.
Pfaltzgraff dinnerware without precious metal accents can be safely warmed or heated in the oven. Place cool dinnerware in the oven and allow it to heat gradually when the oven is turned on. Never place cool dinnerware in a preheated hot oven or on the burner of a gas or electric range. This rapid heat change may cause the item to crack.
Please keep in mind dinnerware is sensitive to thermal shock, which means that sudden or extreme variations in temperature may cause dinnerware to crack. Therefore, do not take dinnerware from the freezer and place it directly into a microwave/hot oven, or take hot dinnerware from the oven/microwave and place it directly into the freezer.
Matching or coordinating glassware is available for select dinnerware patterns. Check our website to see what is available to match or coordinate with your pattern.
A variety of accessories is available in most Pfaltzgraff patterns. Accessories range from basic salt & pepper sets, pasta bowls and vegetable bowls to unique corn dishes and double-handled bowls.
The decision to stop making a pattern is always a difficult one. We know choosing a dinnerware pattern is an important decision for you and we will continue to produce a pattern as long as there is enough demand for it.
Gray lines or scuffs on dinnerware is not a defect, these marks occur when metal utensils come into contact with a hard glaze or a matte finish. They're the result of residue left by flatware. You can easily remove these marks with special cleansers or home remedies on how to clean marks off your plates.
Pfaltzgraff, a Lifetime Brands company, stands behind the safety and quality of all of its products. All our products are tested by accredited, independent laboratories and meet or exceed all federal standards relating to lead and other contaminants.