Crazing is a network of surface cracks on the glaze of pottery or porcelain, usually the result of an uneven rate or shrinkage between the glaze and body during the cooling stage. Chinese potters used controlled crazing as decoration on some of the finest wares.
How can we stop fine china from cracking?
Never stack china in the sink, and be sure to wash one piece at a time. This will prevent them from hitting one another. When washing, use warm water (not hot) with only mild detergents and a sponge or soft dish cloth; never use abrasive pads or detergents and dry everything with a soft towel immediately after washing.
Does fine china break easily?
Porcelain or Bone China Although chip and crack-resistant, porcelain and bone china can break, chip or crack if you handle them improperly or get them too hot in the microwave. But the same thing happens with tempered glass or plastic dinnerware, two other types of durable dinnerware.
Is crazed China safe?
They will turn black or brown sitting between the crazed lines or on the porcelain body itself. Nearly inaccessible, bacteria enjoy this environment. You must recognize that regardless of the method you use to clean crazed china, it is no longer food safe.
How do you clean Royal Doulton figurines?
Wash by hand in a warm soapy water, avoiding the use of scouring pads or abrasive washing agents. Dry with a clean, soft cloth.