faq

Frequently asked questions

Can I really use it?


Yes! Stoneware is fired to a very high temperature, making it durable, food-safe, and stable - even for baking. My pottery is: lead-free, microwave safe, dishwasher safe,oven proof. It may also be refrigerated if brought to room temperature prior to heating. I advise placing in a cold oven and heating slowly. Do not use stoneware on a direct heat source such as a stove top burner. You may pre-warm large serving pieces with warm tap water or pre-cool by placing in the frig. This will maintain the temperature of your food for a much longer time and will protect the pottery from thermal shock.




What is Thermal Shock?


Thermal shock occurs when an object is exposed to changes in temperature that are either too drastic or too rapid. Large, wide pottery pieces can be subject to cracking from thermal shock but a few simple precautions will keep your stoneware strong and durable for many years of use:

· Even, indirect heat is the key. Ovens are ideal, a stovetop burner is not.

· Heating (or cooling) on an open rack or grate allows even temperature distribution.

· Spread contents evenly across wide pieces when baking.

· Cold cupboards? Allow your piece to reach room temperature or pre-warm with tap water before baking.

Pottery is safe in the microwave & dishwasher too- enjoy using it every day!




What is stoneware?


There are many types of clay bodies available, composed of different igredients that affect their characteristics and ultimate use. Three commonly known groups are Earthenware, Stoneware and Porcelain. Earthenware, often referred to as ceramics, was one of the earliest clays used by potters. It is fired to a lower temperature than stoneware and can chip easily. Stoneware Clays, whether low or high fire, produce sturdy and chip resistant ware making it suitable for using in cooking, baking, serving, and storing liquids.You can use it in the oven, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher without harming it. Porcelain has a fine, transclucent quality. It is fired to a higher temperture than Stoneware and can be more costly.




Do you offer classes?


No. In order to focus my time on fulfilling orders, I am not able to offer hands-on classes. I do offer Private Demonstration Parties by arrangement. Please contact me if you would like to know more about the parties.





Hours: The Pottery Shop is open anytime I am working; most days from 12-6, other times by contact.

COVID Update* Shop open for limited in-person shopping, with safety measures, by appointment.
Porch Pick Up also available .

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1650 Stony Rd. (Limestone Twp.) New Bethlehem, PA  16242
814-764-5626   marie@PineSpringsPottery.com

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