Taking good care of your new R.Wood Studio Ceramics will ensure a lifetime of enjoyment! Here are our best tips to preserve the look and feel of your beloved handmade pottery:


HAND-WASHING

Our preferred method of cleaning is hand-washing with a gentle soap and a non-abrasive sponge. R.Wood Studio Ceramics are made of low-fire earthenware clay which, even when kiln-fired and glazed, is porous and highly absorbent. To prevent excess water absorption, do not soak your pottery overnight or store when damp. 


DISHWASHER SAFE

R.Wood Studio Ceramics are dishwasher safe. Preserve the luster of your glaze and prevent crazing fractures by using a gentle, non-citrus detergent and the air-dry setting on your machine. 


OVEN SAFE

Yes, you can bake, broil, or reheat anything in your R.Wood Studio pottery! Keep in mind that ceramics can be easily “shocked” by sudden temperature change, so please make sure your pottery is at room temperature before placing it in a hot oven. R.Wood Studio Ceramics are not suitable for cooking on the stovetop. Do not place ceramics on an open fire or electric range.


MICROWAVE NOT RECOMMENDED

Our red earthenware clay gets its hue from naturally occurring iron deposits. While it makes a gorgeous color, evoking the red dirt roads and river banks of our native South, iron can also cause overheating in the microwave. We only recommend cooking with R.Wood in a traditional oven. 


LONG-TERM STORAGE

Are you storing your R.Wood Studio Ceramics for a season, a year, or even longer? Keep in mind that the combination of humidity, darkness, and warm temperatures can cause mildew growth on just about any physical object, and can especially endanger porous earthenware pottery. Please choose a clean, mildew-free storage facility and do not store your pottery in humid conditions or in temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Before storage, thoroughly clean your pottery, making sure all food particles are completely rinsed away. Dry thoroughly, then place your pottery directly on the oven racks of an unheated oven. Turn on heat to 150 degrees Fahrenheit and let your pottery bake at 150 for one hour. This will simultaneously sterilize and dry your pieces. Unload the oven only when your pottery has cooled completely. Your pottery can now be wrapped in acid-free paper or a natural fiber cloth. Do not use newsprint or magazine paper. If stacking pottery, please leave enough room in-between pieces for air circulation. If storing in a box or cupboard, we recommend adding Silica packets or Damp Rid for extra dehumidification.