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This Loaf Pan or Loaf Baker, in the Dark Blue Flower pattern, is made by the "Ceramika Artystyczna" or "Artistic Ceramics" pottery in Boleslawiec, Poland.
Ceramika Artystyczna's pottery work is some of the finest you will find on the market today. This loaf dish is great as a gift by itself or bake your favorite bread in it as a house warming gift and let them keep the loaf pan!.
The decorative motifs are applied with a variety of small stamps and handpainting - often with many hundreds of strokes - each a little different - making collecting an art form in itself. Each piece is handled multiple times - from the potter to the painter - and multiple layers and colors. And, these are first-quality - which means they do not have noticeable defects or inconsistencies you might find in inferior polish pottery.
This piece carries the pottery's original mark and the paper label applied in Poland.
Special white clay is used that is soft when moist, but when fired at 2000+ degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes as hard as stone and non-porous. This intense firing makes it resistant to chips and breakage. It also allows it to retain heat and have even temperature throughout, making it exceptional for baking and serving.
This pottery is safe for your oven, microwave and dishwasher. The final glaze results in an ultra smooth finish, enhancing its beauty and enabling a real ease of cleaning.
Wayne and I use Polish Pottery Stoneware every day. Even after years of daily use, the finish is just as bright and shiny as the first day we used it.
Item Number: pp-603-1477
Measurement Details: (LxWxH in US Inches)
Loaf Pan | Loaf Baker - 8.00 x 4.75 x 3.00
The Care of Your Pottery
If you are new to using beautiful handmade high-fired stoneware, we can help with a little helpful information.
Strong and Durable
While all clay based products are breakable, Ceramika Artystyczna stoneware is incredibly tough because of the way it is made. First, the clay that is mixed to their own carefully developed specifications, then a thick durable clear glaze is used to seal it. Finally, the stoneware is fired at very high temperatures (2000+ degrees Fahrenheit) so the clay particles fuse together into strong, highly chip-resistant pieces.
One of the first things you'll discover about Ceramika Artystyczna Boleslawiec stoneware is the way the pieces hold and distribute heat for evenly browned crusts and casseroles that cook uniformly. If you're accustomed to bakeware with obvious hotspots, you'll be delighted with Ceramika Artystyczna stoneware.
Food Doesn't Stick:
Ceramika Artystyczna glazes have been state-certified to be 100% lead free, so don't give health issues a second thought. Also, the glaze quality and the high temperatures at which the pottery is fired result in surfaces with very low porosity, so foods can't stick and clean up is a snap. There is no need to soak baked-on cheeses and sauces. All pieces clean up in your dishwasher.
Ceramika Artystyczna stoneware may be used with confidence in your oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher.
Avoid Dramatic Temperature Changes:
Very hot and very cold temperatures are handled nicely by this stoneware, but sharp temperature SWINGS are not. Rapid changes in temperature will deliver "shocks" and will not allow for the natural expansion and contraction required by the clay. Do not pour cold liquids into hot bowls or take a casserole dish out of the freezer and put it directly into a hot oven. Also, do not use over direct heat, i.e. range burners and open flames.
Gradually Warm Up Before Baking:
We recommend starting your baking in a cold or warm (300o) oven. Wait a couple of minutes to allow the stoneware to heat and then cook as normal at whatever temperature your recipe calls for. Since the stoneware retains even heat, it will continue cooking the food after removal from your oven. We recommend using the same cooking times as in your recipes and check for "doneness" as indicated.
You don't want to place a hot dish on a tile, stone, or metal counter either. That can cause damage to the piece - so use a hotpad to serve as a buffer.
Likewise with any fine stoneware or glassware do not allow them to bang together in a dishwasher or in your sink. If you use a rinse agent when cleaning in your dishwasher such as "Jet Dry," your dishes will sparkle.
Atop The Table Co. does not recommend extended microwave cooking with any stoneware. Cooking times over 6 minutes at high power in today's high powered ovens (1000 watts & more) should be handled by other cooking vessels. Microwave ovens create hotspots and continued exposure to high power microwave cooking may lead to crazing of the glaze where the oven heats unevenly. This has happened - but not frequently - on pieces used in a microwave on a regular basis for years.