BEFORE YOU USE IT FOR THE FIRST TIME
Thank you for choosing Humble Ceramics.
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Before you use your piece(s) for the first time,
wash it and when it is fully dry ...
oil the stoneware & glaze.
Rub the oil into the stone with clean hands,
then rub off all excess with a clean fabric cloth.
We recommend using food-safe UNSCENTED clear mineral oil
that is used for cutting boards and salad bowls *
As opposed to olive oil,
mineral oil will not turn rancid, smelly or sticky.
This will seal the stone and prevent absorption of any liquids
that might stain or even smell down the road.
You can do this once in a while,
or whenever you feel it's necessary.
Humble Ceramics pieces are food-safe, dishwasher safe.
We do not recommend baking or broiling in them
for the sole reason that if food overspills
and gets baked into the unglazed porous stoneware side,
it would be difficult to scrape off.
Use it often, and in many different places for as many different uses
(ie: a mug can become a vase, a cazuela can become a catch-all dish, and so forth.)
And most importantly - enjoy your piece!!!
ALL WORK IS DISHWASHER SAFE
We do not recommend using it in a microwave or oven!
Please never soak or thermal shock the piece(s).
DO NOT stack the pieces too high!
These pieces are heavy so make sure your shelves can hold that much weight (a cautious tale) ...
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R E P A I R S
Many of you have contacted us
asking if we could repair cracks and chips on your beloved purchase ... unfortunately we can not.
With stoneware, there are too many steps and variables
that make your piece the way it is
(including two firings)
so there is no way we could re-fire the piece twice more without distorting it
or match the magical alchemy that happened in the kiln
when your piece was originally fired.
Also, the delicate, wonderful, and unexpected flashing
(the thin orange line that sometimes appears where the glaze and stoneware meet)
is not something we can control.
Some stonewares accept re-firing and do well,
but our custom clay mixes warp and blister,
and the glazes would not match even if we tried.
Don't let a chip stop you from enjoying the piece ...