Pottery 101

Our stoneware pottery is durable, versatile and safe to use. Fired to 2336 degrees F, also known as “cone 9”, it is ovenware, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe. Our clay and glazes contain no harmful materials. For baking we suggest warming our pieces in the oven, rather than placing it in a preheated oven. Mugs and teapots should be rinsed with hot tap water before pouring in boiling water. These precautions will eliminate the drastic temperature changes that sometimes cause damage to a piece of stoneware.

Stoneware is a natural and abundant clay in use for millennia. Primitive kilns limited early potters to low temperature ranges. The ancient Chinese were among the first to develop high fired stoneware pottery dating back to about 500 BC.

Contemporary clay bodies will vary in color – from beige to tan to honey to brown, depending on the iron content and firing methods. Our stoneware is our own formulation, combining several clays mined throughout the Midwestern United States. Raw stoneware clay is a joy to work with – It is “plastic” meaning malleable It has minimal shrinkage and warp and it stands up well to stressful high firing . Our special formulated glazes blend and fuse with the stoneware creating warm and durable colors – characteristic to our work.

With proper care our stoneware pottery will provide you with years of pleasure.

Jill Grau Tortorella’s Gorgeous Custom Dinnerware

Unique one of a kind dinner service by custom order.
Dinner Plates – 11′ wide
Accompanying Plate – 8″ wide
Soup/Salad Bowl – 7-8″ wide
Coffee/Tea Mug
Cup and Saucer Set

Make your dinner service complete.
Soup Tureen
Casserole Dish
Serving Platter
Covered Butter Dish
Serving Bowls

Prices may vary – just ask about your request! 847-852-0636.

Examples can be seen on the gallery page of this site.

A 50% deposit is required upon ordering to cover cost of custom clay and material. You will choose your special shapes and colors from my samples. Once shapes are
approved by you, I will run color samples for you final approval. Eight weeks later you set will usually be ready. Your satisfaction is guaranteed for each and every piece. The stoneware clay and glazes I use are my own formulations. They are food safe, oven safe, dishwasher and microwave safe. You will receive written specifics about the care and use of your pottery.

While it is best to order all your dinnerware at once to ensure the best color consistency, additional pieces can be ordered at any time in most cases. One of a kind dinnerware is just that. Some slight variance is normal and makes the set unique.