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Art Glass Glass Used in Dining Kaleidoscopes
Jewelry Care Raku & Pit Fired Pottery Stonewash & Porcelain
Kitchen Wood Wood Bowls Wooden Cutting Boards
Tea Pots    
Care of Stoneware and Porcelain

With simple care, your pottery will retain its beauty and bring you years of pleasure and service.

Cooking recommendations:

  • Use only in conventional ovens.  Not for use in microwave oven.
  • After filling the pot with food, place in a COLD oven.
  • Turn the oven on to the desired temperature.  The pottery will heat slowly as the oven heats.

Pottery cannot withstand sudden, extreme temperature changes:

  • Do not place a cold piece of pottery in a hot oven.
  • After cooking, cool the pot before placing it in the refrigerator or in water.
  • Do not place over or under flame or electric heating element.

Pottery plates and platters are for serving only, not for cooking.

All pieces are dishwasher safe.

Wood Bowl Care
  • Wood should never be washed in a dishwasher.  Do not soak wood in water.
  • Food and salad dressing should be cleaned out of your bowl directly after the meal.  Salad and salad dressing allowed to sit overnight will cause stains.
  • Keep your wooden bowl away from excess heat and humidity.  Store your bowl away from heat sources such as a window ledge, stovetop, high intensity light or heater.  Do not place a wooden bowl in a microwave.
  • Use wooden utensils in your bowl to prevent marring.
  • We caution against using wet food or liquid in your wooden bowl.
  • Periodically use a food safe wood preserver to maintain the beauty of your bowl
Care of Wooden Cutting Boards
  • To clean your board, wash it in warm soapy water. A soft bristled brush may be used, scrubbing with the grain. Never leave the board in water longer than it takes to wash it. Rinse. Towel dry.
  • Wood should never be washed in a dishwasher.
  • Do not leave wood in water or allow the board to sit on a wet counter.
  • Keep your wooden board away from excess heat and humidity. Store your board away from heat sources such as stovetops, high intensity lights, a heater or a window ledge.
  • Occasionally apply a food-safe oil such as mineral oil. Allow the oil to soak in for a minute or two, and then wipe away excess oil.
Caring for Art Glass

To clean art glass, wipe the piece with a soft cloth and a light duty glass cleaner such as Windex or hand wash in tepid water using a mild detergent.
Rinse and dry.

For those hard to reach areas of your glass vase use a vase cleaning brush.

Use distilled water in flower arrangements to minimize mineral build up.  Change water every 2-3 days and vary the water level.  Avoid extreme temperature changes. 

Etched pieces of glass may be rubbed occasionally with mineral oil to minimize
fingerprints.

For safety in high traffic areas use museum gel adhesive to stabilize your art glass pieces.

Care for Glass Used in Dining
Our suggestion is to hand wash your glass goblets, tumblers, plates and bowls. Use warm water and a mild dish detergent. Rinse and dry.

Great care was taken in both the creation and selection of your utilitarian glass pieces. Hand washing with gentle care may help preserve your pieces for your enjoyment.

Caring for Kitchen Wood
Woodenware can be cleaned by rinsing and drying, or by washing with a mild soap, rinsing and towel drying. Do not place your woodenware in a dishwasher, or expose to extreme heat or cold. Do not leave your wooden utensil in water any longer than it takes to wash it. Occasionally, you will need to re-oil your piece when it appears dry or dull. Simply apply food safe oil, such as mineral oil. Allow the oil to soak in for a minute or two then wipe off excess oil.

Kaleidoscope Care
All kaleidoscopes may be dusted with a soft cloth, dampened if necessary. The eye opening can be cleaned with a Q-Tip dampened with Windex.

ACRYLIC: Dust with a dampened soft cloth. An application of acrylic cleaner, such as Novus 1 Plastic Polish, will clean the surface and leave a finish that resists fingerprints. METAL:
  • Lacquered- If the piece remains bright and shiny over time, it is lacquered and only requires cleaning with a damp cloth. Do not use brass polish or a treated polishing cloth on lacquered surfaces.
  • Un-lacquered- If the piece darkens over time, it is not lacquered and can be polished using brass polish or a polishing cloth.
GLASS: Use commercial glass cleaner, such as Windex and a soft cloth.

WOOD: Wipe with a soft cloth. Lacquered wood should require no additional care. Un-lacquered wood will begin to appear dry over time. When this occurs simply wipe with a soft cloth that has been dampened with a few drops of mineral oil .

Raku and Pit Fired Pottery
Because of the low-fire technique, these types of pottery Will Not hold water.  To hold fresh flowers, use a watertight inner container or florist vial.  To clean the piece, rinse under running water.

Tea Pot Care
This tea pot was designed for both brewing and serving your tea. For best results, warm the pot with hot (not boiling) water, empty, and then add tea and boiling water for brewing. Once warmed thoroughly, stoneware will retain heat during serving for a longer period than many other materials.

Never place your tea pot over an open flame or electric heating element. Avoid subjecting to thermal shock (i.e. never pour boiling water directly into a cold pot).

With proper care your stoneware pot should provide you with years of pleasant and beautiful service.

Care of Jewelry
General Jewelry Care For best wear, keep jewelry away from moisture and put on only after applying any lotions, hair spray or perfume.

Niobium Care Niobium colors are permanent. To brighten the finish or remove fingerprints, clean with warm soapy water or glass cleaner. Rinse and air dry.

Sterling Silver Care Shiny Finish: Gently clean with a jewelry polishing cloth

Satin (Matte) Finish: Make a paste using baking soda and water. Apply with a soft toothbrush or fingers and gently brush or rub mixture onto surface. Rinse and air dry.

14K/18K Gold Care Gently clean with a jewelry polishing cloth

Bronze Care There is no need to use a polishing cloth on these pieces. Use warm soapy water, rinse and air dry.

Silver Plate/Gold Plate Care These pieces should be maintained with a soft, untreated jeweler’s cloth. Do not use liquids or detergents.
 
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