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    Just Curious-Always Wondered

    I have always wondered, and never asked or tried to find out, if there is some sorta rule of thumb that dictates what depth a vessel is a bowl or a dish. Generally, if it the piece turns out to have a depth of 1" or less I have called it a dish. Sounds silly seeing I've been turning all these years, but I never knew if there was a general rule of thumb on that. Anybody know or are there any thoughts on it?

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    Can't answer your question in absolutes, but sort use the same criteria... if it looks like a plate or platter, I call it that, otherwise, it's a bowl.
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    I dunno?

    I'm not sure there is a hard and fast rule, somewhere in there it transitions to a plate as well.. but where to draw the line seems a bit arbitrary depending on all the proportions of the piece.

    I guess if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck we can call it a duck even if its a robotic killing machine bent on world domination. Or if it looks like a bowl, works like a bowl then you could still call it a plate if that sold better... I suppose.
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    My very loose rule is that if it cannot hold enough soup for a meal, its a dish or a plate platter, but I'm talking about something soup bowl in diameter and up, not a very small bowl like you would put a side dish in.

    Told you it was a loose rule
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    or it could be a variant of the rule a former supreme court justice said about certain magazines, you'll know a bowl or dish when you see it....
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    I don't think you can set any rules as it can depend on the intended use.
    In general, I think of a bowl as having a rounded bottom where a dish would have an almost flat bottom regardless of the diameter and height.
    If by dish you mean plate/platter then I think it depends on the base also. An item may be 8" diameter and 2" deep; if it has 1/3 as a base and curved bottom I would call it a bowl, if it had 2/3 -3/4 base and a flat bottom I would call it a platter/dish.
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    In the final analysis, does it really matter... it it will hold M&M's, it all good.
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    Now, Chuck! That answer makes all the sense in the world, and I can totally relate to it. All good answers which basically tell me that there ain't no real rule of thumb on it. My curiosity has been satiated. But, I did like what Ryan said about the robot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Ellis View Post
    In the final analysis, does it really matter... it it will hold M&M's, it all good.
    The difference is that a bowl concentrates your M&Ms at the bottom of the bowl, but you have to chase them around a plate.

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    Aha!!! Now I know whether it is a bowl or dish. The ultimate test is the M&M Test. My mind can totally wrap around that.

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