Terry Gess Pottery

Terry Gess Pottery Care & Maintenance

This pottery is food safe, lead-free, dishwasher and microwave safe.       

Treated with care, it will provide years of pleasure and service.

Is this dinnerware microwave and oven safe?

Yes - Microwave safe, and oven safe up to 400°F, but with some stipulations. Always be careful to avoid temperature shocking ceramics from extreme hot to cold. A good rule of thumb is to heat things slowly, evenly, and carefully.

Use caution with oven use. Place the ceramic piece in a cool oven and bring up to temperature with the oven, no higher than 400°F. Never place a ceramic directly into a hot, pre-heated oven to avoid risk of temperature shocking.

Can I use this pottery on the stove?

No. Dinnerware, including teapots, is not for stovetop use or use with an open flame.

Is this pottery dishwasher safe?

Yes. For dishwashing, avoid using more acidic andabrasive detergents, such as Cascade and Lemi Shine,

which can cause unnecessary wear on some glazes.Using gentle, environmentally-friendly detergents like

Planet Dishwashing Detergent and Seventh Generationwill maximize extending the life of your dishes.

When loading your dishwasher, always be sure to rinsefirst and make sure not to overload or allow plates to touch. You may also want to wash on a gentle or Chinacycle for a shorter wash time, less intense pressure, andlower heat.

My silverware leaves marks on my plate. How do I clean it? 

To remove marks left by silverware, we recommend hand-washing periodically with

Bar Keepers Friend, which is available in most major hardware stores and supermarkets.

Please note that flatware marks actually sit on top of the glaze rather than cut into it. That's right: the ceramics are actually stronger than the soft metal in the flatware, which causes forks and knives to occasionally leave a superficial residue — not the other way around.

Do dishes ever get stained?

Staining sometimes occurs if food, especially something acidic, is stored too long. It's best to remember that these pieces are for serving — not storage — but if you do find yourself in this situation, I recommend thoroughly hand-washing with Bar Keeper's Friend.

Some of this dinnerware boasts a gorgeous exposed clay, which can show oil stains when you start using it for the first time. With normal, continued use, the patina should evolve evenly, and, as it deepens, the surface smoothes out. Most important of all, please know that oil staining does not affect the functionality or safety of the products.