Steven Skinner BlackTree Studio Pottery


Care of your Pottery

Handcrafted pottery can last a long time.
Pottery has been considered an important invention in the evolution of human society. 20,000-year-old fragments date to the time of the Last Glacial Maximum. The durable composition of ancient Greek Pottery has allowed many pottery examples to survive intact for thousands of years.

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

Thermal shock
Avoid the rapid heating or cooling of handcrafted pottery. Do not run cold water over a hot dish or place cold pottery in a hot oven. When pouring boiling liquids into a mug or teapot, placing a metal spoon in the pot will absorb heat and prevent cracking or breakage.

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.

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 or in a refrigerator or freezer. Pottery placed into an oven should be evenly covered by food.

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 or hit against other dishes during wash or rinse cycles. We do not recommend placing sculptural pieces in a dishwasher. I recommend washing crafted pottery by hand. Anyway, it's more fun.

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

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.