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Caring for your Ceramics

Caring for your Ceramics

Below is some general guidance for caring for your handmade pottery. Please note that with proper care your ceramics should last a lifetime!

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Is the glaze/finish on the pottery food safe?

Yes, all of the glazes I use would be considered non-toxic and food safe. Additionally, all pieces are fired to very high temperatures to ensure a durable hard-wearing surface

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Can I put my handmade pottery in the dishwasher?

Over time harsh detergents and rapid heating and cooling cycles associated with dishwashers may damage the surface of your handmade pottery. To get the longest life out of your pottery, hand washing with a mild soap is recommended.

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Do I need to do anything to protect the unglazed surfaces?

I work exclusively with stoneware which is fired to very high temperatures to ensure complete vitrification of the clay body, meaning that even the unglazed portions are non-porous. In addition, all exterior unglazed surfaces have been rubbed with a food-grade mineral oil in order to protect the finish and bring out the natural beauty of the clay. You may wish to apply an additional coat of mineral oil on occasion, although over time the oils in your hands should be absorbed to similar effect.

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Is my handmade pottery safe to put in the microwave?

Most of the pottery I make can be considered microwave safe. Any piece of pottery purchased directly from me will be marked as "not microwave safe" on the bottom if it is not safe to do so. However, care should always be taken when handling pieces out of the microwave as they may become very hot to touch.

As a general note, you should always use caution when putting a piece of handmade pottery in the microwave for the first time. Dark coloured clays, including red, black, and grey are usually an indication of a high iron content in the clay, and as such would not be considered microwave safe. As well, if you see any metallic details, often in the form of gold or silver lustre,  you should avoid placing those in the microwave as well.

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Is my handmade pottery safe to put in the oven?

I do not recommend putting handmade pottery in the oven. The stoneware I work with is not rated for for traditional bakeware. In addition, avoid putting any pottery directly on stovetop burners or any other heat source that is likely to rapidly heat the surface, as doing so may cause thermal shock and eventual cracking of the pottery