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How To Care For Handmade Dinnerware Pottery

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If you want to give your dinner table a decorative, personalized touch, you might try a set of handmade dinnerware pottery. Made out of ceramic and featuring everything from vibrant colors to pastel hues, as well intricate patterns, dinnerware pottery is easy to care for and maintain. Handmade dinnerware sets typically contain dinner and salad plates, bowls and coffee cups. 

When choosing the perfect pottery pieces for your kitchen, consider your preferred decor style and theme. For instance, if your dining room has a tropical-inspired feels, go for pieces in bright shades of coral, banana yellow, turquoise blue and leaf green. You an also find dinnerware featuring themed patterns such as seashells, starfish, sand dollars, palm trees and seahorses. 

You can use the artsy-looking dinnerware for everyday meals, or reserve them for just special occasions, including family holiday get-togethers, birthday parties, baby and bridal showers, and anniversary and graduation celebrations. To complete the look, you can also purchase coordinating handmade pottery serviceware, including trays and pitchers. 

Because it is handmade, the pottery may be more delicate than its hardier, commercially-made counterparts. Here are some tips for keeping your pottery pieces looking and performing their best:

1. Cleaning

Due to its delicate nature, it's best not to clean your handmade dinnerware pottery in your dishwasher. The combination of harsh, chemical-filled detergent, vibrations during the cleaning process, and excess heat can damage the pottery by cracking it or deteriorating its protective glaze.

Instead, hand-wash the pottery in a mixture of warm water and a mild dish-washing liquid using a soft sponge or cloth. Avoid using abrasive items, such as steel wool, to remove stuck-on food or grime, as it can damage the surface and cause small cracks. 

Rinse the dishes with warm water and allow them to air-dry on a drying rack. If you need them right away, you can also dry the pieces using a clean, absorbent dish towel.

2. Storage

Store the pottery in a cool, dry location, such as a pantry or cupboards, away from direct sunlight. If you're stacking the plates or bowls, place a paper in between each piece to avoid scratching. 

If you're moving, pack each dinnerware item individually using bubble wrap or newspaper, and place the entire set into a box labeled "fragile" to alert the movers to the contents inside. If there are empty spaces in between the pieces, fill it with tissue paper or newspaper to prevent movement.