Tips for caring for your handmade pottery:
If you own handmade pots, you know the secret joy in reaching for your favorite piece - the tiny dread when an accident prone family member uses it - the slight pity you feel for all the other dishes you push aside. My pottery is made to be used, and here are a few tips for caring for your handmade ceramic work:
- I make my own glazes and they have undergone rigorous testing to ensure their safety. My work is dishwasher and microwave safe. However, avoiding the dishwasher and microwave will extend the life of your pottery.
- As with all ceramic and glass, avoid pouring boiling liquid directly into the pots. The interior heats up quickly and the exterior doesn't have a chance to catch up... BUT, if you must pour boiling liquid, place a metal spoon in the pot prior to pouring to help absorb some of the heat.
- Yes! You can bake in it! I love making one pot dinners and often bake pot pies and casseroles. I do recommend placing the dish in the oven during the preheat to avoid a shocking temperature change.
- Most ceramic work (including mine) is not meant for the stovetop. Placing it on a hot burner will result in cracking.
- A broken piece of pottery is heartbreaking... but it also means it was getting used. I am a huge advocate of allowing children to use handmade ceramic dishes. There is a heightened sense of responsibility and understanding that they have the opportunity to develop. Yes, there is an occasional break. Apologies are made, shards are gathered, and they learn that not everything is replaceable.