General Care Information
  • Hand-wash with warm water and mild dish soap 
  • Do not use abrasive scrubs, harsh chemicals, or acid cleaners. They are likely to scratch and dull the surface of your piece overtime
  • Wipe your pieces dry with a soft cloth and allow to air dry before storing
  • Unless instructed, avoid dishwashers, microwaves, and soaking objects in water for extended periods of time
Metal
  • Avoid using metal scrubbers to clean your copper, brass, aluminum, and tin-lined products
  • Exposure to moisture, or storing food inside for long periods of time, may result in darkening of the material
  • Unlike Copper, which is easily corroded, the darkening of Aluminum is the result of a natural chemical occurrence formed to prevent corrosion. This for of oxidation is harmless in terms of food hygiene
  • Patination is a truly beautiful occurrence that comes along with a well loved piece. However, specialized cleaners or a simple polishing cloth can help restore the original shine of un-lacquered metals
  • If you are looking for an natural cleaning solution, try acidic liquids such as lemon juice, or half a glass of vinegar mixed with a teaspoon of salt

Glass
  • Hand-blown/ furnace made glass is not resistant to rapid change in temperature. Introducing your pieces to dishwashers, open flames, or liquids near boiling may result in a break
  • While glass is incredibly hard and resilient, impact with other objects, stacking, and sliding your glassware across surfaces may result in unnecessary damage
  • Though we believe that imperfection is beauty, always be careful when using chipped or cracked glass. Not handling with care may result in injury

Ceramic
  • Ceramic pieces usually come partially or fully glazed or unglazed, and each application requires slightly different care approaches
  • Due to the porous nature of unglazed clay bodies, retention of moisture can most often lead to discoloration, odor, and mold
  • Keeping unglazed products submerged in unclean water will allow dirt and oils to be more easily absorbed into the material
  • To prevent mold from forming on your ceramic surfaces make sure to wash after each use, wipe thoroughly with a cloth, and dry well before storing
  • Warm water and soap should adequately do the trick, but for a tougher stain you can use gentle cleansing products like Bon Ami
  • Most hand-thrown pieces are left with an unglazed foot that may feel rough to the touch. Sanding the foot of your ceramic piece with a fine 220 grit sand paper can help reduce roughness 
  • To further reduce the chance of scratching furniture, avoid sliding your piece across all surfaces

Wood
  • When washing your wood piece, never let them stay wet for long. Soaking in water for extended periods of time can lead to a raised woodgrain, which is rough and unpleasant to the touch
  • If your wood object comes into contact with moisture prior to cleaning, wipe away with a soft cloth before it can be fully absorbed
  • If the surface of your piece feel rough or dry you can treat the wood product a food safe oil or wax product (like walnut or mineral oil) and reapply regularly with a piece of cloth as needed
  • Continued maintenance will deepen the pieces gloss, texture, and longevity

Lacquerware (Urushi)
  • Traditional Urushi lacquer is made from the sap of the Urushinoki, or Japanese Sumac tree. True Urushi lacquerware is completely eco-friendly and involves no harsh chemicals during the production of each item
  • Woodenware is suitable for both hot and cold foods. However, serving extremely hot food and as liquids close to boiling may irreversibly cause the lacquer coating to turn milky in color
  • Plating your food at a 'ready to eat' temperature, or warming up your vessel with lukewarm water prior to serving, will help reduce the chances of damage
  • Avoid the use of any metal utensils on your lacquerware as it will scratch the surface. Try to limit the use to wooden chopsticks or flatware
  • Do not soak your Urushi piece in water for prolonged periods
  • Wooden items have a tendency to retain flavors, so have dedicated bowls and cups for specific uses
  • When not in use, try your best to store in a controlled climate without rapid changes in temperature, humidity, and dryness
  • Do not introduce your piece to the dishwasher, fridge, freezer, or microwave
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