Care & Maintenance of Fine
Q: Is it Ok to put the dinnerware in the
Majolica is a low-fired earthenware and chips
more easily than china dinnerware. With
repeated use, Majolica has a tendency to "craze" (forming minuscule lines in the
This crazing is the nature of Majolica, and has no significant effect on the
ceramics. Our dinnerware items are dishwasher safe, but it is
recommended to place the dishes or ceramics far apart to avoid touching each
other during the high pressure dish-washing. It may also be helpful to set
your dishwasher to a "low energy/cool dry" cycle if available. This will help prevent chips and
cracks in your fine ceramics.
Some items indicate they are "best for decorative
purposes only" because they do not have the same durable, shiny glaze used on
dinnerware. These items are best cleaned by use of a feather duster or a
Q: Can I use the dinnerware on the stove
or in the microwave?
Due to its characteristic thickness and
earthenware porosity, ceramic dinnerware may be damaged by exposure to extremely
hot temperatures. Our dinnerware products are "serving" pieces and are not
meant to be used for cooking or re-heating. Please note: we do not recommend
putting the ceramics into the oven or the microwave.
Q: I bought several items from one
pattern, why do the pieces seem a little bit different from each other?
Because each piece of Majolica and ceramic is
individually crafted, you will notice slight variations in color and size.
Occasionally you will note paint smudges, fingerprints and looseness of lids.
These variances should not be considered as imperfections, but as evidence of
fine, hand-crafted work.
Q: Are the dishes safe for food?
Yes. All of our dinnerware products are
100% lead free and food safe! In addition, each dinnerware product is
inspected and tested to comply with FDA standards.
Our manufacturers do NOT use any glaze or color
pigment with lead content in our dinnerware and tabletop products. Some
items indicate they are "best for decorative purposes only" because they do not
have the same durable, shiny glaze used on dinnerware. These items are
best cleaned by use of a feather duster or a most cloth.
Q: Can I place the ceramics outside?
Yes. Our Pots, Planters and Cachepots are 100% glazed (inside
and outside) and therefore guaranteed to be freeze-resistant. We do
not carry any unglazed terracotta earthenware which fares poorly in freezing
conditions because any moisture absorbed will freeze and cause cracking.
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