Pottery gifts hold a unique charm, blending together artistic craftsmanship and practicality. Whether you’ve been gifted (or have purchased) items such as a handcrafted mug, a delicate vase, or a variety of other beautiful pottery pieces from Casual Cat, taking proper care of these treasures ensures that they’ll continue to thrive for years to come. Join us this month as we explore some essential maintenance tips and creative display ideas to help you cherish your pottery items from our pottery shop!

Hand Washing is Key

Pottery, especially special handmade pieces, is often more delicate than machine-made items. To help preserve the integrity of the piece, we recommend handwashing. For this, all you have to do is use mild dish soap, warm water, and a soft sponge. Avoid abrasive materials that could scratch or damage the surface. 

Avoid Drastic Temperature Changes

Sudden temperature changes can potentially cause pottery to crack or break. If your pottery has been displayed in a warm area, allow it to cool before moving it to a colder environment or vice versa. This precaution is particularly important for items like teapots or decorative pieces.

Mindful Storage

When not in use, make sure to store your pottery in a safe place. Use things like soft padding or cloth to prevent the items from knocking against each other to prevent cracks or knicks. If you want to go the extra mile to ensure they’re protected, consider wrapping delicate pieces in acid-free tissue paper or bubble wrap!

Dust Regularly

Over time, it’s inevitable that dust will accumulate on the surface of your pottery, affecting its appearance over time. Gently dust your items regularly with a soft, clean cloth or a soft brush. This simple step will help maintain their beauty for years to come!

Address Stains Promptly

If your pottery happens to come in contact with food or beverages that may leave stains, address them promptly. Mild stains can often be removed with a gentle scrub using baking soda or a non-abrasive cleaner. To be on the safe side, always test on a small, inconspicuous area first.

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Display Ideas

Group Similar Items

Create a visual impact by grouping similar pottery items together. Whether organized by color, shape, or theme, this approach will help enhance the overall aesthetic.

Showcase in Well-Lit Areas

Highlight the intricate details of your pottery gifts by placing them in well-lit areas. Accent lighting can be a game changer, emphasizing the unique features of each piece.

Mix Styles Creatively

Infuse some diversity into your display by mixing different pottery styles. Blend modern with traditional, or play with contrasting textures and colors.

Utilize Shelving and Cabinets

Dedicate a specific space for your pottery collection using shelving or display cabinets. This not only organizes your pieces but also safeguards them from accidental bumps. 


Shop with Casual Cat for the Holidays

At Casual Cat, we’re more than just a framing shop; we’re also your local pottery shop! So when it comes to gift giving, we know a thing or two. Planning your holiday shopping? Visit Casual Cat for one-stop shopping and unique gifts your loved ones will cherish for years to come!

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