Porcelain is a type of ceramic developed in China. There are three types of porcelain. The first type, true, or hard-paste porcelain, is made from petunse and kaolin heated at about 2650 degrees Fahrenheit. Soft-paste porcelain is made from clay and ground glass fired at 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. Soft-paste porcelain was invented in Florence in 1575 as an attempt to replicate Chinese porcelain but is sometimes confusingly called China. The third type of porcelain is called bone china. Bone china is made from ash, china stone, and china clay.
Porcelain is often glazed to make it more aesthetically pleasing.