Ceramics: Use and Care
All of our ceramics are 100% food safe.
Don't use them in the conventional or microwave oven (unless it is specifically manufactured for this use). The microwave oven tends to heat up the ceramic and not the food or liquid.
Though many will prefer to wash it by hand, majolica can go in the dishwasher. We use our dinner plates at least 3 or 4 times a month and always wash them in the dishwasher. Just be sure to load the items with enough space between them so that they won’t bump into one another which can cause chipping or cracking. You may wish to use the “fine china” setting or low energy, but we use the normal wash setting with no ill effects.
With repeated use, majolica has a tendency to “craze” (form tiny lines in the glaze). This is purely cosmetic and has no effect on the durability of the item. Always avoid extreme temperature changes. Ceramic has a tendency to absorb cold, so if you place hot food on a cold platter it may craze or possibly even break. Running warm water over the piece before filling it with food will protect it from breaking. You can also place a metal spoon in your mug or teapot when pouring in hot liquid. The metal will absorb the heat, thus protecting your ceramics.