Stoneware is one of the three types of traditional ceramic or pottery.
Stoneware is made from a particular type of clay that is fired at high temperatures, generally between 2,012 and 2,372 degrees Fahrenheit. It was first produced in China, during the Shang Dynasty (circa 1,400 BC).
Stoneware, named after its dense, stone-like quality after firing, is tougher and more durable than earthenware. And unlike earthenware, stoneware is waterproof. Earthenware can be coated with a vitreous (glass-like) liquid and re-fired and made waterproof.
The qualities of stoneware traditionally made it useful for dishes used for food, for drinking vessels, and for storage. Today it is often used for cookware, bakeware and serving dishes.