It has traditionally been a low-cost option for aficionados of distinctly American pottery, and it is both beautiful and utilitarian, since it is dishwasher safe, ovenproof, and microwaveable. However, some types may not be fully vitrified, so don't wash them in hot water or use detergents that contain acids.
The best way to care for your Frankoma plate is to handwash it with warm soapy water and a non-bleaching dishwashing liquid. Make sure there are no stains on the plate before putting it in the dishwasher. You can also clean it with a soft brush and warm soapy water if needed.
Although most types of Frankoma plate are handcrafted from clay, some plates made from glazed earthenware are now available in the market. These dishes are hand-painted using traditional techniques and then fired in the kiln. They too are dishwasher safe but not ovenproof.
Frankoma was founded in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, in 1969. The company produces handmade ceramic plates that are ideal for casual dining and can be used as serving dishes after being washed in hot water and dried properly.
Frankoma's mission is "to create works of art for everyone to enjoy" and they certainly succeed at this!
The majority of pottery is microwave safe. Nothing will happen if you heat it in the microwave. It may become somewhat heated, but it will remain intact and will pose no harm to the meal. However, if you buy pottery, seek for a "microwave safe" sticker to be sure. There are some materials, such as wood or bone, that are easily damaged by exposure to high temperatures for long periods of time. These should not be used as serving dishes because they will break when placed in the microwave.
There have been reports that clay pots will lose their shape if microwaved. This is not true. The only thing that can cause problems is if the pot has an interior decoration made from wood or another material that could burn or scorch in the microwave.
If you are still unsure about whether or not to use your dish in the microwave, then there is no need to risk damaging something valuable. Simply choose something safer to use in the microwave.
Clay pots are very easy to clean in the dishwasher. Just place them inside and wash them with hot soapy water. Make sure you rinse them well and dry them completely before using them again.
Ceramics. Ceramic dishware (plates, bowls, and mugs) is made in the same way as annealed glass, but a glaze is placed at the end to preserve the surface, enhancing the item's longevity and making it dishwasher safe. Most ceramic dishes are oven-safe up to 500°F (260°C). Some high-quality items such as plates and cups used for cooking acidic foods like tomatoes might be labeled "not suitable for dishwashers" because of the risk of breaking or chipping a less expensive replacement would be. However, most people could safely wash basic white dishes in a dishwasher.
If you choose to put your ceramics in the dishwasher, use a gentle cycle and avoid loading them with too much food residue or other stains. You may want to invest in some special dishes designed for the dishwasher - they're available for almost any type of cookware.
Ceramics are easy to clean once you get into the habit of washing them by hand instead of using a sponge or soft brush. For hard-to-reach places like under the sinks or inside cupboards, use a plastic spoon to scrape away food particles. Avoid using metal tools when possible because they will scratch the surface of the pot.
Once a week, soak your dishes in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 9 parts water. Rinse well before using again.