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Caring for Your Ceramics  Pure & Natural Our glazes and clay are ALL 100% certified food safe, lead and cadmium free. Our high fire stoneware blends are extremely durable and our products are built to last a lifetime with proper care. Dishwasher Safe We recommend using a non-citrus, non-abrasive detergent on the air dry cycle and not overloading the dishwasher. Hand washing is recommended for oversized items. We suggest running all of our ceramics through the entire dishwasher cycle including the dry cycle on a warm temperature and allow to cool naturally. MIcrowave & Oven Safe The temperature of handmade, natural clay items may vary after microwave use. We recommend allowing items to cool before taking them out of the microwave or using an oven mitt. Pieces with metallic glaze details are real gold or silver, which should not be microwaved. Yes, our dinnerware is 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. ~ We recommend 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. Freezer safe Items can withstand freezing temperatures, but please allow them to return to room temperature before putting them into the oven. Can cutlery leave marks? Some cutlery can create a marks because our glaze is harder than the metal flatware. If you find an occasional mark, we recommend cleaning with the safe and gentle "Bar Keeper's Friend" Soap, which can be found at your local hardware or grocery store. What about Stains? Staining sometimes occurs if food, especially something acidic, is stored too long in Tagliaferro products. It’s best to remember that our pieces are for serving — not storage — but if you do find yourself in this situation, we recommend thoroughly hand-washing with "Bar Keeper’s Friend".