This is one of the most asked questions. Clay is defined as A soft rock based compound often used for sculpture and tools. Clay is dirt, mud and the resulting sculpture or tools are called ceramics. Porcelain on the other hand is the Jaguar, the luxury vehicle brand mud. Hundreds of years ago the Chinese discovered Porcelain clay deep inside caves. The artwork and dishes they formed from the beautiful pure white clay was sought after almost as much as gold and more than spices. European royalty bought the dishes to show off their own wealth. Seven hundred years after the porcelain was discovered in a cave, Europeans discovered their own Porcelain clay recipe by an alchemist.
I don’t get my porcelain clay from a cave. Mine comes to me in a plastic bag to keep it moist and a box strong enough to hold 50 pounds at a time. I don’t suffer for my art like the Chinese did a long time ago. I am happy about that. Leaves me more time to decorate the pots I thrown on the potter’s wheel.