Plates, bowls, and mugs — the staples of our kitchens. Keep these necessities around for many cups of coffee and shared meals with good people by following these simple care tips
Washing by hand is strongly recommended. Everything is hand-made and is very different from mass-produced ceramics. Regular dishwasher use may shorten the lifespan of your handmade piece.
Each piece in the High Desert Collection is made from a high-fire stoneware that is extremely durable. However, it is important to avoid placing them in extremely hot or cold environments as this could cause thermal shock and result in breakage or cracking. That said, they are totally microwave safe.
Raku has been around for centuries and although adaptations have been made, one things remains the same — a Raku vessel is porous. Because of this, you can expect that your product will begin to show patina over time. With these few helpful care tips your ceramic ware will endure years of use.
Always use a clean, dry cloth to wipe your Incense Tipi clean. If water does happen to get onto you piece, hold a dry clean cloth to the water allowing it to absorb but refrain from wiping as this will cause the water to spread resulting in discoloration.
Over time Raku will absorb moisture from the environment. Don't worry, your piece will not disintegrate! Be sure you keep your vessel away from running water and cold drafts that may carry a bit of extra moisture.
Candles require a little TLC to get the best burn. Your candle is made with soy wax, a raw wick, and fragrance oils that flux due to room temperature, sunlight, and burn time. It can be a bit tricky at first but with these few pointers, your candles will be burning smooth in no time.
The first burn is the most important burn! Soy wax has a memory. Always burn long enough to create a wax pool from edge-to-edge on the top of your candle. This will reduce memory rings, and increase the burn life of your candle. A good rule of thumb would be to give your candle 1 hour of burn time for every 1/2 inch in diameter. For example, if your vessel is 2 inches in diameter, let your candle burn for 4 hours. That being said, never leave a candle unattended.
Optimal room temperature for your candle is between 70-75°F. Burning your candle in a cold room, in an area with large drafts of wind, on a cold surface, or in direct sunlight can all negatively impact your burn results.
Working with raw materials can require a bit more attentiveness at times. Your candle may require multiple lightings before the wick gets going.
If your candle has a raw cotton wick, always be sure to keep the wick trimmed to 1/4" (keep the wick longer for the first burn).
Once your candle has reached the end of its life, repurpose the vessel. Microwave in 10 second increments until you are able to carefully remove the wick tab. Hand wash with hot water. Plant your favorite drought tolerant plant - voila!