There is no one universal definition of stoneware, and the term is often used for a variety of ceramics. At our factory in Portugal, age-old modelling techniques are combined with modern technology in a process that produces high-quality stoneware products capable of lasting a lifetime. A single firing system heated up to 1180 ºC makes our stoneware exceptionally strong and durable.
Oven, freezer and microwave safe
Our stoneware has high thermal shock resistance, which means it can withstand temperature variations between -20 ºC and 250 ºC. The maximum thermal variation advised is 180 ºC. All our stoneware products can safely be used in the oven, microwave and freezer. As a precaution, avoid placing pieces straight from the oven onto a cold surface and do not use it over a direct flame.
Our pieces are easy to wash and clean and abrasive cleaners can be used without the risk of damage to the surface. Most items can be washed daily in the dishwasher. To ensure the items last, we advise you to make sure that dishes rub or bump against another during the wash cycle, so no damage can occur. As a precaution we recommend you wash larger and more delicate pieces by hand.
Food stains and marks
Cutlery marks may develop with frequent use. It is most likely the metal from your cutlery leaving traces on your ceramics, rather than scratches in the glaze itself. Such marks can be removed with baking soda or Bar Keeper’s Friend, a little warm water, and a soft cloth.
Staining can occur if acidic foods such as tomatoes or lemons are kept too long in Monoware stoneware products, especially pieces in our white glaze, Chalk. We recommend rinsing dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. If you do find a stain, wash it thoroughly by hand using a scouring powder such as Bar Keeper’s Friend.
All Monoware stoneware products are hand-finished which gives them unique character. Any irregularities, colour variations or small imperfections should not be considered defects, but a mark of our craftsmanship.