Simple ways to make Italian ceramics last forever

Limoni tableware collection by FimaYou have just purchased a nice set of Italian ceramic dinner plates and made an extra effort to buy a pasta bowl and a serving platter.

Your first thought when you see them nicely displayed on your table is “Oh my Gosh! Aren’t they gorgeous?

Your second thought is “How can I make this treasurable dinnerware set last forever? Well, at least as long as I’m here to admire it”.

Don’t worry.

A little extra care is all you need to keep enjoying your beautiful Italian ceramic dinnerware for a lifetime hopefully yours and your children’s and your grandchildren’s.

Let’s go through our list of golden nuggets.

Don’t use your fine Italian ceramics for cooking or re-heating.
That means you should not place your beautiful pieces in the oven or microwaves or directly on a burner.
You will be wondering why, since Italian ceramic is kiln fired twice at more than 1600° F, so it clearly can stand high temperatures. The truth is that the risk of cracking or chipping your pieces when very hot and unevenly covered with food is real. And you don’t want to run it, I’m sure.

Avoid sudden temperature changes.Italian ceramic mugs by Eugenio Ricciarelli (Deruta)
It’s exactly like when you’re taking a warm bath: you fill the tub and then you settle down slowly and comfortably.
That’s what your Italian ceramic plates like: being tempered with warm tap water before serving very hot foods or liquids.
It’s important to avoid possible thermal shock and cracking. A trick you can use: put a metal spoon in your Italian ceramic bowl or soup tureen while pouring a
hot liquid to deflect the heat.

Do use your dishwasher, if you think it’s too much effort to hand wash your Italian ceramic.
But stay on the safe side using a fine china cycle, low heat and a good quality detergent.
Pay attention when placing your pottery into the machine: your pieces have to stay far apart to avoid touching each other during the
dishwashing cycle.

Don’t use scouring powders or other harsh remedies to remove stains and dry food from your Italian ceramic plates or serving accessories.
You can remove dry food putting your ceramics in soapy warm water and letting it soak for a few minutes. Italian serveware - Venezia round platter by Rampini (Gubbio)You may use a plastic scrubber for the worst bits.
To remove tea stains from your hand painted ceramic cups, fill them with a solution of 2 tablespoons of chlorine bleach per quart of water, let them soak 1-2 minutes, then rinse them. They’ll look like new!
For the first time in years you’ve managed to eat up all your Thanksgiving turkey. But your smile freezes when you look at the black marks left by your cutlery on your beautiful Italian ceramic plates. Don’t panic! Clean them with a good quality, non abrasive metal cleaner and concentrate on digesting the turkey.


Do you think the beauty and the artistry of your fine Italian ceramics are worth such a small extra effort?

If the answer is YES your grandchildren will thank you!

5 thoughts on “Simple ways to make Italian ceramics last forever

  1. Definitely worth the effort! I hand wash my much more inexpensive pieces that I gather here and there. I one day would love to be able to afford a set of the most prized pieces or an eclectic set. There are so many to choose from I have a hard time deciding on one pattern. Once you find pieces you really love it is worth caring for them to enjoy for as long as possible. Food just looks more pleasurable in them also. One of lifes enjoyments for sure.

  2. the pieces on top of the page are so beautiful, can they be bought online? thanks…

  3. I love the gorgeous DERUTA teapot I inherited from a friend and I have made tea a few times in it, properly warming the pot before pouring the boiling water in it, but now I find it leaks enough tea to make a spot on my tablecloth. Upon inspection, I see a fine crack across the bottom of the pot and a crack following a horizontal painted line near the bottom. I love this pot especially including the fancy decorative small handle holding the spout. Shall I take the pot out of service now and just keep it in my china cabinet before it falls apart completely?? Oh how I’ll miss it — “She’s” beautiful.

  4. i have a three legged aqua colored vase with cracked looking paint marked in gold italy, looks like letter cn(cannot identify) 18. above it something else white markings worn out cannot identify. have any idea and thank you

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