Using Handmade Pottery

We carry pottery from a variety of different makers. It is meant to be used and loved every day, not just for display.

Each potter uses different clays and glazes, so functionality and durability will vary. If a potter has special instructions for the use of their pottery, we will include them with the piece.

All of the functional pottery we sell is food safe. Most is thicker and heavier than fine china.  Some pieces, depending on maker instructions, may be put in the dishwasher, oven, and microwave. However, pottery is breakable and should be protected from obvious shocks like dropping it and from sudden changes in temperature. Uneven heating can cause it to crack. There is no warranty on our handmade pottery. It is a natural product made of clay, silica, and other materials made from scratch, and like glass, is not immortal. With proper care, it should last until you want something new. 

THE DO NOTS:

This is not a complete list, but some of the most common ways pottery can be damaged.

  • Do not put on a stove burner or open flame.
  • Do not put in a preheated oven. Put the food in the dish, place in a cold oven, then turn on the oven, The pottery will heat up with the food.
  • Do not throw a hot baking dish in cold water.
  • If a piece is marked microwave safe, make sure the pottery is half full of food or liquid before you use it in the microwave.
  • Plates and flat pieces can crack if used in a microwave or oven with prolonged baking. Gentle heating should be fine, especially if with a full plate of food.
  • When you remove pottery from the oven, do not set it on a cold or wet surface.
  • If you have stored leftovers in the refrigerator, don’t put the cold dish in the oven without letting it come to room temperature first. Better yet, re-heat the leftovers in a different dish.
  • Do not pour boiling hot liquids into a mug or bowl without warming it first under running hot tap water.
  • Heat water in a mug for tea for 2 – 2 ½ minutes in the microwave, not 5-6 minutes!
  • Do not put frozen food on pottery and microwave it or put it in the oven.

 

THE DO'S:

 

  • Treat your pottery with care.
  • Use and enjoy!

 


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