Use and Care of your Ceramics
All ceramic dinnerware and serving accessories are dishwasher safe. We recommend using the low energy/ air dry cycle and not overloading the dishwasher. Hand washing is recommended for decorative and oversized pieces. Over time, crazing – the formation of miniscule lines in the glaze – may occur. This contributes to the unique visual appeal of quality Italian earthenware and does not affect the durability or safety of the product. Do not place ceramics in the freezer. All dinnerware and serving accessories meet FDA and Prop 65 requirements.
Most of our Dinnerware is microwave safe and accessories are tested by independent labs and have passed Ceramic Microwave Reheating Test C 1607-06 of ASTM International, the American Society for Testing and Materials. Pieces approved for microwave use will be marked as such on the bottom of the piece and are indicated throughout with the following symbol (M). As with all microwave use, we urge caution as products may get hot.
Casseroles and Baking Dishes
Casseroles and baking dishes can be used in most conventional ovens and dishwashers. They are handmade of very dense clay and fired at extremely high temperatures, making them heat resistant to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Before Use: It is important that ceramic baking pieces be "cured" before use. The dish should be fully submerged and soaked in water for 12 hours prior to first use. Each time the dish is used, soak again for 10 minutes. Soaking prepares the dish, reduces cooking time and prevents food from sticking.
Care and Use:Always place the dish in a room temperature oven allowing it to heat slowly. Do not preheat oven. Hot casseroles and baking dishes should never be placed on cool, damp or unprotected surfaces. Baking dishes should never be taken directly from the refrigerator to the oven, and they should never be placed in the freezer. Handles are decorative and should not be used for support. Please remove baking dishes from the oven by holding the body of the dish, supporting the base. Do not use casserole lids in the oven