About the Pottery
My handmade functional pottery is created from white stoneware, then high-fired to 2300 degrees to ensure vitrification of the clay. Vitrified clay is similar to glass-- strong, dense, and watertight. I mix most of my own glazes so I can manage the chemical ingredients. All the glazes I use are food safe and lead free, and my pottery is microwave and dishwasher safe.
Care and Handling
High-fired stoneware pottery is extremely durable for normal usage and when handled with the care typically given to your other tableware and cookware. By following the recommended care instructions below, you should be able to enjoy your Purple Door Pottery for many years to come.
Care Instructions: Glazed Ovenware
- My ovenware can withstand temperatures up to 450 degrees and is suitable for use in conventional, convection, and microwave ovens.
- When heating food in my ovenware, it will become hot, just like conventional cookware. Be sure to use oven mitts or potholders when handling the ovenware.
- Take care to avoid exposing your ovenware to radical temperature changes, which can shock the piece and cause it to crack or break. Avoid putting a cold casserole into a hot pre-heated oven, for example, or moving a hot vessel onto a cold surface or into the sink. I recommend setting hot ovenware on a rack or onto potholders or pads when it’s pulled from the oven.
- Allow the ovenware to cool before submerging it into water.
- For serving utensils, I recommend using plastic, silicone, or wooden utensils (rather than metal) to avoid scratching the glazed surfaces.
- My ovenware cannot be heated directly on a stovetop.
- As long as the vessel is near room temperature, it can go safely into the refrigerator. Avoid using it in the freezer.
Care Instructions: Glazed Dinnerware, Mugs and Cups, and Other Tableware
Like my ceramic ovenware, these everyday vessels are created from white stoneware and are high-fired to make them very durable. As noted above, please take care to protect your tableware from radical temperature changes to avoid cracks and breakage due to thermal shock.
These recommendations apply to all glazed Purple Door Pottery pieces.
- The glazed surface should clean easily, especially after soaking. Nylon and plastic brushes as well as scrubby sponges (those designed for use with Teflon surfaces) are ideal for cleaning the glazed surfaces.
- Avoid using harsh cleaners such as abrasive powders or strong chemical solutions to clean the glazed vessel. Dish soap and hot water should work fine.
- My ceramics are dishwasher safe; they do not need to be hand washed if you’d rather have your dishwasher do it for you!
Please call or email me if you have additional questions. I’m very happy to answer them for you!