Pottery Care and Use
Prevent cracking: avoid temperature shock.
When heating in the oven, place the casserole with food in a room temperature oven. Then turn the oven on. Always allow food and pottery to heat or cool together. I also recommend adding some water or sauce to cover the bottom of the pottery before and during cooking to provide even temperature.
Do not place a hot pot into water or run water into it. Allow it to cool to room temperature, then add water for washing. Temperature changes in dish washers are safe for pottery.
Do not heat an empty pot in microwave or standard oven.
Use pot holders to handle pottery when heating.
Pots will get hot with the food in the microwave.
I have found newer models of microwave ovens to heat the small amount of absorbed water in the clay causing mug handles to get hot.
My pottery can be safely washed in the dishwasher.
I recommend hand washing occasionally. Avoid heavy duty dish washer detergents and scrubbies which degrade the surface. Soaking in soapy water will loosen food so it can be easily washed off.
Prevent chips and scratches.
Do not hit a spoon against the rim to shake off food. Load the dishwasher so dishes and flatware do not knock against each other. When storing, place a cloth between stacked pieces. Store plates vertically.
Do not use a cracked pot for food.
To check for cracks, flick the empty pot with a fingernail. It should have a bright ring. A dull sound indicates a crack.