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FAQ

It’s important to take care of your handmade ceramics in the best way that you possibly can, in order to prolong their life and protect from chipping, cracking or smashing.

I prodominantly use a grogged stonewear clay which is a strong durable clay that once vitrified can withstand normal handling.

Sometimes I will also use procelain (do check your product description) when trying to achieve a lighter both in terms of feel, weight and colour. Porcelain is also strong once fired to high temperatures in the kiln.

Are my handmade ceramics dishwasher safe?

Whilst glazed stoneware items are dishwasher safe, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they should be put in the dishwasher all the time. Whilst it’s a convenient solution, it’s important to remember that ceramics are delicate items.

Handmade ceramic items made of any type of clay are likely to get tousled about in the dishwasher. The water pressure inside the dishwasher could mean that items move around inside if they become dislodged. This could result in chipping, cracking or even a break.

It is a better option to simply hand wask and a sponge to clean the ceramic item.

As a general rule, if you love something, and would be disappointed if it became broken in the dishwasher, don’t put it in the dishwasher.

Are handmade ceramics microwave safe?

The answer is no. Some glazes have a high metal content that could cause a fire. 

Are the ceramics bought from karen helle ceramics "food safe"?

Please do check each product description. I will indicate specifically when a product is food safe . Most of the pieces I make are decorative and may use experimental glazes. Whereas I take care to use glaze ingredients that are non-toxic, I would recommend that you do not  use my work for preparing and storing food.