Stoneware clay is fired at high temperatures, above 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit.. Stoneware is nonporous.  When one fires stoneware clay, one is essentially speeding up the geological process and creating non-permeable stone.  

 

Stoneware has been created for thousands of years.   It has been dated to 1900 BC in the Indus Civilization.  Stoneware later was found in China in the late Shang dynasty, around 1300 BC.  

 

Stoneware clay formed on a wheel has a special strength and durability not found manufactured stoneware that is cast from slip.   

 

Stoneware is chemically stable cookware.  This stability makes it safer and healthier and provides cleaner flavors.  It is microwave, freezer, and conventional and convection oven-safe.  It is also dishwasher safe.  

 

Stoneware holds heat well, distributing it evenly and cooking foods efficiently. This heat-holding quality of stoneware makes it especially useful for baked goods, which develop a lovely, browned exterior. Moisture is drawn away from food for light and crispy results. Because stoneware baking dishes hold heat so well, food may continue to cook even after you remove the pan from the oven.

 

Stoneware is durable and can be passed down through generations in families. Although stoneware may crack if you drop it, stoneware casseroles and plates tend to be thick and solid enough to withstand the accidents and wear that occur during typical daily use. It is capable of easily withstanding the highest heat level your home oven can generate.  Taking stoneware from the freezer directly to the oven is not advised. Allow the baking dish to come near room temperature before placing in the oven.

 

Glazed stoneware is a breeze to clean. Simply hand wash in hot water with very little soap or detergent.    it is also safe to clean in the dishwasher. 

 

Unglazed stoneware may be either wiped clean with a towel, or washed with water only.