Published at Saturday, September 22nd 2018, 10:22:48 AM by Nathan Tremblay. Tableware. Porcelain can be extremely delicate and fragile but equally beautiful and refined. Porcelain is typically less robust than other hardier materials and in many instances is one of the expensive of the four materials used in the manufacture of tableware. In most homes they are kept for special occasions. Bone china, although regularly confused with porcelain due to the large similarities between the two is fundamentally different. Bone china items are usually more expensive than their porcelain equivalents and in many cases are sturdier due to the use of bone ash in the construction process.