How to care for your pottery

Hand washing is recommended.  

Dishwashers.  Although pottery may safely be washed in the top rack of the dishwasher, on occasion, with a mild detergent, and on the air dry setting, my general advice for long lasting ware is to always wash by hand. Dishwashers and detergents can vary greatly worldwide, and ultimately you are the best judge if you are comfortable placing your pieces in the dishwasher.  However, plates on the bottom rack of the dishwasher is not advised.

Mircowaves.  I do not recommend microwaving your pottery. Although the material of the clay and the glaze are inherently microwave safe, the problem can be if there is any water moisture within the ceramic body it will heat up and expand while in the microwave. Over time this can weaken or crack the pottery.   

Stains.  Some foods like beets or turmeric may cause staining on the pottery, especially on the unglazed portion.  I recommend using some caution with these foods, but there is no need to avoid them altogether.  In the case of any staining, try to simply scrub with warm soapy water.  And in stubborn cases, apply a very dilute bleach solution on a white towel to dab out the stain.  Also avoid letting ceramic dinnerware soak in dishwater, or sit with foods too long with out washing.

wren pottery

handcrafted in Duluth, Minnesota