Ceramic is ecological material made from biodegradable and natural materials, which have a low environmental impact during production and very much a contrast against the production of metal items, which can cause a greater environmental impact. Ceramic works as a great material for kitchenware: it is hard and non-porous, meaning that it is stain and odour resistant, totally waterproof, and will not be affected by the acids in foodstuffs. Because of this your food will remain fresh and safe from any unwanted flavours or discolouration.
- The first use of functional pottery vessels for storing water and food is thought to be around 9000 or 10,000 BC.
- Ceramic is used for knife blades as well. Ceramic blades can take a finely-honed sharp edge, which is optimum for preparing all kinds of food.
- Ceramic is corrosive resistant and chemically stable Ã¢ÂÂ a perfect material for domestic appliances.
- Ceramic is very tough Ã¢ÂÂ it is used in teeth & bone implants as well as fragile porcelain figurines and dinnerware.
- Ceramics are all around us Ã¢ÂÂ from basic building materials and household products to automobiles and computers!
- Some ceramics are so hard they are used as bulletproofing material in body armour systems.
- Bet you didn't know that... Quartz tuning forks that keep time in watches are made from ceramic!
- The first human-made ceramics date back to at least 26,000 years, and were found in Czechoslovakia.
- Ancient glass manufacture in Egypt, c. 8,000 BC, is thought to be closely related to pottery making.