Product Care

Before Use

Minoyaki ceramic ware is highly water absorbent, so it is easy for juices and grease from cooking to soak into it.

The following steps are not necessary to do, but it will help to prolong their longevity so you can use them for a long time.

  1. Fill a large pot with enough leftover water from washing rice to cover the vessel. (you can also use flour mixed with water if rice water is not available)
  2. Bring water to the boil, and then simmer over low heat for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool. Wash with clean water and leave to air dry.

The purpose is to cover the clay surface with rice starch and fill in the grain to prevent stains from soaking through.

Dark and light stains will appear with use.
This change in colour over time is one of the unique pleasures of ceramics.


Care Instructions

Beautiful "Minoyaki" tableware and gifts imported from Gifu Prefecture.

All items are dishwasher and microwave safe, unless otherwise noted on the individual item pages.

  • Not to be used in oven or over an open flame
  • Microwave use is generally safe, but please note that gold or silver plated items may turn black. Also, switching quickly between low and high temperatures may cause cracks to appear.
  • Items with low firing (overglaze enamelling) are sensitive to acids and alkalis, and the surface may turn white if vinegar or lemon is used.
  • After use, leaving the items soiled for a long time may cause stains or mould.
  • Dry well after washing. Rinsing the items in hot water will help them dry faster.
  • Please allow enough space between other items when using an automatic dishwasher. Do not wash small dishes or other items that may move in the washer.
  • Do not use metal scrubbers or hard abrasive sponges as they can easily scratch the dishes.
  • Although the bottom of the bowl has been polished, please be careful not to drag the bowl on a table or other surface as this may scratch it. We recommend that you use sandpaper to smooth the bottom of the item.
  • The colour and pattern of ceramics may be slightly shaded due to the accumulation of glaze, but please enjoy this as a characteristic of ceramics.
  • Vessels made for tableware use may not have been treated with a water stopper (chemical treatment). When using as a vase or holding water for a long period of time, be careful to avoid water leakage.