Ceramics: Use and Care – Paradiso Ceramics Australia | Handmade in Italy


Ceramics: Use and Care

All of our ceramics are 100% food safe. 

We recommend you don't use them in a conventional or microwave oven, unless it is specifically manufactured for this use like a baking dish. The microwave oven tends to heat up the ceramic rather than the food or liquid.

Though many will prefer to wash it by hand, majolica can go in the dishwasher. We use our dinner set often and always wash it 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. We use the normal wash setting with no ill effects. The great thing is, the colours will not fade over time or with washing.

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.