Historically, ceramics were originally a combination of inert ingredients, formed into a useful shape and fired in a kiln or high-temperature oven to solidify them. Decorative pots for cooking and storage were their main uses. Glass, brick and china are all ceramics because they are made up of several different elements and then fired for hardness. While brick is generally not decorated, both glass and china are examples of ceramics that are routinely given an extra step in the finishing process to provide a pleasing exterior. In today’s kitchen, ceramics have more uses than ever before.