How do I care for my Ceramics?

Decorative, Terracotta or Accented pieces (such as with wood or gold luster) are NOT suitable for the dishwasher, microwave or oven. Simply hand-wash the ceramic areas and let dry. 


Remember if cared for, ceramics will last a lifetime.

Hand wash

Although most of my functional ceramic pieces are deemed dishwasher safe and can be placed in a domestic dishwasher, I do recommend hand-washing especially with larger pieces for prolonged durability.


Remember harsh detergents can dull some surfaces over time especially in dishwashers.


ALL pieces are NOT recommended for commercial dish-washing machines unless indicated.

Dry before storing

Please ensure any un-glazed bases or rims are thoroughly dried before placing on wooden furniture or storing away in cupboards.

TIP: place pieces upside down & un-stacked in draw or cupboard to allow air to dry the bases of un-glazed areas.

Wash well

Each piece is high temperature fired to the appropriate vitrification with a good quality food-safe and lead-free glaze. This together helps to inhibit any bacterial growth in the clay. 


Some pieces are highly textural and may require a little brushing to make sure no food is left behind. Use a little bi-carb + vinegar to remove any metal cutlery marks from satin or matte glaze finishes

Correct Heating

Beware of extreme changes in temperature to avoid thermal shock to your wares. All pieces are handmade and not suitable for stove top cooking, BBQ/grill plates, open fires or gas flames. 

Please don't put any terracotta pieces in the microwave as the high iron content in the clay is not suited for microwave heating.

Allow ceramics to warm up with the oven. All serving ware is oven safe to 100c warming temperature only.

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