Steven Skinner BlackTree Studio Pottery


Care of your Pottery

Handcrafted pottery can last a long time.
Ancient Greek Pottery examples have survived intact for thousands of years.

Avoid dropping crafted pottery. It could break upon sudden contact with other surfaces, such as floors.

Thermal Shock
Crafted stoneware is often fired from 1800º F to 2400º F. That's very hot!
So, it is not high temperatures that damage crafted pottery, but rather sudden, concentrated, and uneven temperatures.

So... try to avoid rapid uneven heating or cooling of handcrafted pottery,
such as running cold water over a hot dish or placing cold pottery in a hot oven.

Oven Use
Do not place pottery in a pre-heated oven. Place the pottery in the oven then turn on the heat. Do not remove crafted pottery from an oven and place it directly on a cold surface.

Broiler use is not recommended.

Stove top use is not recommended.

Microwave Use
Although handcrafted pottery may be used in carousel microwave ovens,
it is recommended that you heat food in microwave-safe dishes and then transfer it to your handcrafted piece. Small rapid expansions and contractions over time could weaken the integrity of the pottery.

“Dishwasher safe” means that glazes on crafted pottery do not react with dishwasher detergents. Functional crafted pottery may be placed and cleaned in a dishwasher, but it should be loaded so it doesn’t touch other dishes. I recommend washing crafted pottery by hand. Anyway, it's more fun.

Detergents and soaps will not damage most pottery.
Exceptions are raku fired pieces.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.