Ceramic Care & Safety Information

Food Safe Ceramic Care

 Our food safe ceramics are dishwasher safe, BUT it’s best if you  handwash to maintain their vibrant colors and shiny textures. (this is true of all ceramic items).
Instructions for unglazed or matte surfaces: These surfaces are sometimes susceptible to light stains, unlike glazed surface.  We suggest hand washing, however, our cups can be placed in the dishwasher for the removal of stubborn stains on a mild setting. You can also place the item in a bowl of warm water with a detergent tab. Dark lines in the glaze (usually caused by silverware) can be removed with vienna lime chalk powder. Grease stains on matte glaze can be removed with baking soda and water.
If greasy fingerprints appear, rub the exposed porcelain with food safe oils, let sit, then clean with soap and water.
It is very important (and we highly suggest) that you let boiling water settle
(stop rolling/bubbling) before pouring it into a porcelain item – especially a hand made piece. Pouring boiling water directly into a porcelain cup, bowl or mug
may cause the item to crack.

What’s that pinging sound?

Many of our low-fired items are decorated with beautiful transparent glazes. As the piece is low-fired, the item/glaze can sometimes still react to temperature changes in a room.
This reaction may cause a “ping” or a “ding” sound,
– Ceramicists usually say their pieces are “singing”.
It is the result of a tiny hairline crack forming in the glaze. 
These hairline cracks are completely normal and can resemble the tiny crackle patterns in old Japanese ceramic pieces over time. The cracks are only in the glaze (not in the actual item) and are usually not visible unless you look very closely. The cracks will not affect the lifespan of the product and glaze will not fall off.
To prevent and reduce the pinging sound try to keep the item in an area where the temperature does not fluctuate, such as a coffee table or book shelf. Keeping the item on a windowsill, over a radiator or near a drafty door (in the winter months) can cause the sound to increase in frequency.
We find the hairline cracks and crackle patterns to be a beautiful and unique addition to the character of each piece.

Earthenware & Raku Care

Earthenware items are not hi-fired, meaning they remain porous and are not water safe. Earthenware items are not meant to be used as vases or
for food consumption but purely for decorative or dry functions
(like keeping pencils on a desk).

Placing water in an earthenware item could cause it to crack and/or mold.
To clean an earthenware item simply wipe it with a dry cloth.  Using water, oil or a wet cloth could discolor the clay.
The same goes for raku fired items. The clay is brittle and very delicate because of the violent and shocking temperature changes of the classic firing techniques.
Therefore we recommend only using raku items as decor.