Product Care



Pottery Parts

(See terracotta cleaning for cleaning terracotta)

All of our ceramics are dishwasher safe however constant dishwashing may result in discolouration over time.


Wooden Lids

The wooden lids are NOT dishwasher safe and should be wiped clean with a damp cloth and allowed to dry.


Rubber Seals

Rubber seals are NOT dishwasher safe and should be removed before dishwashing. They should be wiped clean with a damp cloth and allowed to dry fully before re-installing on your lid.




Due to the porous clay body, providing it with its beauty and alure, terracotta over time will darken in colour and it may stain. The best way to deal with this is to put it in the dishwasher, all seals and wooden lids should be removed as they are NOT dishwasher safe. As the body is porous it is recommended that the item is dried out thoroughly before use. You can leave it out to dry naturally, this may take 5 – 7 days or you can use the oven to speed the process up. To use the oven simply allow the item to dry naturally for 24 hours then place in a cold oven and increase temperature to 120 Celsius and allow to dry for up to 2 hours. Switch off the oven and allow to cool, DO NOT remove from a hot oven. 




Due to the unglazed clay it is recommended that no detergents are used with Chicken Bricks or Bread Bakers as they can be absorbed into the clay. The best way to clean them is to soak in water and scrub. A small amount of Vinegar and baking soda can used for persistent stains. Like a good wok it is recommended that the chicken brick is left alone and simply scrubbed with cold water, when cooking the juices from the meat can soak in to the clay and this enhances the flavour over time.



Wooden lids

As the wooden beech lids are untreated, it is recommended that they are oiled with vegetable oil periodically, this will help with stain resistance and prolong the life of the lid. This will make the lid slightly darker to look at but will prolong the life of the lid significantly.

1. Simply remove any rubber seal,

2. Add some vegetable oil to some kitchen roll and wipe liberally all over the lid,

3.Leave the lid somewhere where it won’t cause damage to any surfaces and wait 10 minutes for some of the oil to soak in,

4.Get a clean piece of kitchen roll and wipe all the excess oil off of the lid,

5.Repeat as necessary.




As with all ceramics care should be taken to avoid thermal shock. If the oven is to be used it is recommended that the piece is put in to a cold oven and allowed to warm with the oven. If the item has been in the fridge, it is recommended that the piece is allowed to rest outside of the fridge and get up to room temperature for 30 – 60 minutes prior to being put into a cold oven. Wooden lids and seals should not be put into the oven.


Items are ok to go into the fridge providing they are allowed to cool to room temperature before being put into the fridge. Never put a hot dish into the fridge.



The Freezer is not recommended as it will significantly reduce the life of the product.



Our products are ok to go in to the microwave for short periods of time 2 - 3 minutes, but this can still reduce the life of the item. Due to being earthenware they may get hot to the touch in the microwave. It is not recommended that empty pieces of pottery are put in the microwave.

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