Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of an original piece of functional art by Essarai Ceramics! Here are some tips to ensure the care of your piece:
Because you are the very first person to use this handmade piece, in the first 5-10 uses, it is highly recommended to begin with liquid temperatures around 120° -150°, increasing to boiling (200°) over time. This prevents any initial shock to the piece which could result in cracking; initial precautions will ensure longevity.
- Avoid quickly alternating between iced and hot drinks within your first 5-10 uses as this can also result in shock as the clay body and glaze are still adjusting to one another.
- It is normal to hear ‘tinkling’ during initial usage. You are the very first person to use this piece and as the glaze settles, this effect will disappear; it is not a sign of damage. If you’ve purchased a piece that had ‘Opal Glaze’ in the description, the outside ‘Opal Glaze’ is going to “craze”- basically crack everywhere in an intentionally beautiful way. Do not be alarmed if your piece with ‘Opal Glaze’ begins crazing.
- While your piece may be* microwave and dishwasher safe, it is highly recommended that you hand-wash your piece initially as it settles with usage.
- If your piece has a metallic luster or aura, it is not dishwasher/microwave safe.
Thank you again for buying handmade art from local artisans and please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Enjoy!