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5 Things to Do to Look After Your Hand-Painted Pottery

Continuing our blog series of our series, "5 Things," where we delve into various aspects of pottery painting and the creative process here at Star Glazers. Today, we're shining a spotlight on the care and maintenance of your hand-painted pottery pieces. Whether you've just created a masterpiece at our pottery cafe or you're a seasoned collector, these tips will ensure your pottery stays beautiful for years to come.

glazed, hand painted pottery on a shelf waiting to be collected
  1. Hand Wash Only: Hand-painted pottery requires gentle care to preserve its vibrant colors and intricate designs. Avoid the temptation to toss your favorite mug or plate into the dishwasher. Instead, opt for hand washing with mild soap and warm water. This simple step will help maintain the integrity of the paint and glaze, ensuring your pottery remains as stunning as the day you painted it.

  2. Avoid Microwave Use: While our hand-painted pottery is crafted with care and attention to detail, it's important to remember that it's not microwave safe. The heat generated by microwaves can cause the paint and glaze to crack or peel over time, detracting from the beauty of your piece. To safely reheat food, transfer it to a microwave-safe container before heating.

  3. Handle with Care: Treat your hand-painted pottery with the same care you would any other cherished possession. Avoid sudden temperature changes, such as placing hot pottery directly onto a cold surface, as this can cause thermal shock and potentially damage your piece. Additionally, be mindful of sharp objects that could scratch or chip the paint and glaze.

  4. Store Properly: Proper storage is key to preserving the beauty of your hand-painted pottery. Avoid stacking pieces directly on top of each other, as this can lead to scratches or chips. Instead, place a soft cloth or paper towel between each piece to provide a cushioning barrier. Store your pottery in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading or discoloration.

  5. Display Proudly: Your hand-painted pottery is a reflection of your creativity and artistic expression. Display it proudly in your home or office where it can be admired by all. Whether it's a decorative vase showcasing fresh flowers or a set of hand-painted mugs for your morning coffee, let your pottery take center stage and bring joy to your space.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure your hand-painted pottery remains a treasured keepsake for years to come. Remember, each piece is a unique work of art, lovingly crafted and deserving of the utmost care and attention. Stay tuned for more helpful tips and inspiration in future editions of our "5 Things" series!


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