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Choosing Your Dinnerware

April 8, 2017 by Stacy KapasourisUncategorized

Material and Care At a Glance

Bone China

  • • Lightweight and lustrous
  • • Incredibly durable and chip-resistant
  • • Safe for the dishwasher, microwave and oven

Care: Bone China

All of our bone china is dishwasher–safe. We recommend the use of a rinse aid to minimize hard water spots. Bone china banded with metallic is not intended for use in the oven or microwave; however, our all-white bone china patterns are oven– and microwave-safe. To increase longevity of use, avoid sudden temperature changes. Over time, flatware may leave silver or grey deposit marks on bone china; repeated use of a mild abrasive cleaner (as needed) may help minimize their appearance.

Porcelain

  • • Lightweight and fine to the touch
  • • Similar to bone china in appearance, but more affordable
  • • Most patterns safe for the dishwasher, microwave and oven

Care: Porcelain

Most of our porcelain patterns are dishwasher, microwave and oven–safe. To increase longevity of use, avoid sudden temperature changes. Over time, flatware may leave silver or grey deposit marks on porcelain; repeated use of a mild abrasive cleaner (as needed) may help minimize their appearance.

Stoneware

  • • Incredibly durable
  • • Reactive glazes create a smooth look
  • • Most patterns safe for the dishwasher and microwave
  • • Avoid sudden temperature changes

Care: Stoneware

Most of our stoneware is dishwasher- and microwave-safe; may warm at low oven temperatures. To increase longevity of use, avoid sudden temperature changes. Over time, flatware may leave silver or grey deposit “scratches” on stoneware; repeated use of a mild abrasive cleaner (as needed) may help minimize their appearance.

Earthenware

    • • Has an artisanal look and feel
    • • Crazing or “crackling” in finish enhances special character
    • • Microwave-safe on medium and low settings
    • • Avoid sudden temperature changes

Care: Earthenware

Because earthenware is more prone to crazing and chipping than other materials, we recommend handwashing promptly after use without soaking, or clean in the dishwasher on a gentle cycle with a mild non-abrasive, non-citrus detergent; turn off the heat dry cycle and let dishes dry naturally or wipe dry by hand. To minimize hard water spots, use a rinse aid.

Earthenware is microwave-safe on medium and low settings only, as it heats more quickly than other ceramics or glass. Avoid sudden temperature changes as this may also cause cracking or crazing. Over time, flatware may leave behind silver or grey deposit marks; repeated use of a mild abrasive cleaner (as needed) may help minimize their appearance.