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Enamelware refers to cooking instruments such as baking pans, skillets and coffee pots. The process to make enamelware originated in Europe. Graniteware and agateware, which has bands of colors, are types of enamelware.


Enamelware and graniteware are made by coating an aluminum or cast iron cooking utensil with another material. Porcelain is the most common coating used in enamelware and graniteware. It is sometimes referred to as glazeware.


Enamelware is made from an old process of coating metal with porcelain. It became popular during the 1800s.


Graniteware is a form enamelware. It is made by applying a paper with an oxidized pattern on it to a piece of enamelware that was not yet dry. This process gives graniteware a pattern resembling granite.

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Tracie Harris

Tracie Harris lives in Atlanta and has been writing lifestyle articles since 2008. W.W. Norton is publishing her work in "The Seagull Guide" due out in 2011. Her writing has also appeared in "The Historian" and The Good Cook. Harris is a former social studies teacher. She holds a B.A. in history and secondary education from Agnes Scott College.