Working with porcelain is a joy and these plates are a reflection of that. They are simple and functional with minimal decoration and maximum abilities. I throw these medium sized plates on the wheel and glaze with a simple cobalt blue splash and durable glossy clear glaze. They are fired to 2340º F in a reducing atmosphere which gives the porcelain a slight blue hue, the brightest kind of white. They measure about 8", a great size for dinner and lunch. I use all non toxic materials and plates are food, dishwasher and microwave safe. Made to be used daily in your modern home.