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Is it acceptable to cook in and earthen ware vessel or the insert of a crock pot?  Any problem with breaking the potl?

Dear Murray,

    Thank you for your recent question. Yes, you can use earthenware as functional ware and cook from it. However, after cooking, clean the pot well with a scrubber and cleaning soap. After you have rinsed the pot with clean water, carefully pour boiling hot water into the pot to ensure all food particles and any bacteria that may have collected in the porous areas of the clay is cleaned from the pot. Allow the pot to air dry before storing. This can take several hours. Or, place the pot in a 200 degree F warm oven to dry the pot completely.

    As for breakage, as long as the pot has not been refrigerated before putting it into the oven, there should be no problems with breakage. Never put earthenware in an oven that has been in the refrigerator. The sudden change in temperature can break the clay body. The same holds true for glass ware. And never heat an earthenware pot on the top burners of the stove.

    I hope this answers your questions. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me at any time. I am always at your service.

Ms. Ti Phillips
Earth Stoke 'N Fire Pottery Studio and Artist Retreat


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Will answer any questions on hand building, wheel, glaze, firing. Speciality questions to include those in glaze calculation and development, firing techniques. Please do not send questions on identifying pottery. Although I would love to add this to my question topics, I have a retreat to run as well as the studio and volunteering on AllExperts, and therefore do not have the available time to research indentification and marks. Thank you for understanding.


Experience includes 30 years in pottery design and education. Have taught online and studio classes worldwide for the last 20 years. Own a pottery retreat specializing in firing techniques. Have 12 years solid experience in glaze calculation and formulation as well as problem solving in glaze chemistry. I am the first potter in the United States to have developed a complete package of pottery equipment blueprints for a studio. The blueprints include wheels, kilns, studio furniture, wedgeboards, raku kilns, slab rollers, ball mills and studio tools.

Alliance of Pottery Artists Worldwide Association

Ceramic Industry - PPP Wyndstryder Press - Pottery Journal

University of Sciences and Art's of Oklahoma, studied under Professor Jaymes Dudding.

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Potter of the year with APAWA, various awards for showmanship and design.

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