The use of ceramics by humans has been chronicled since our earliest recorded history. Some of the very first artifacts in the archaeological record are fired mud ceramic vessels. Fast forward tens of thousands of years into the future: today we are surrounded by ceramics, from Chia Pets to ceramic chef’s knives. This trend encompasses everything from the finest porcelains, to technical structural ceramics, to cast concrete forms. Layered over these substrates, modern glazes can bring out the inherent visual quality of the underlying material, or introduce vibrant color. Most commonly associated with vessel forms, this material has a strong association with housewares. However, due to advances in ceramic production processes, ceramic has made its way into mass-production categories such as watches, knives, and even consumer electronics. The iPhone 4 essentially uses a modern ceramic (Gorilla Glass) front and back as the primary surfaces of the device. As product designers look to new materials and reinterpret old ones, look for ceramic to become a potentially ubiquitous material in our daily lives and products. It has inherent structural and engineering challenges, but if designed for properly, ceramic and glaze can give any product a high perceived quality and feeling of “preciousness”.