Friday, January 28, 2011

The Gift That Last All Year!

So what do you give that person who seems
to have everything? What do you give to a
family member, or friend that will last, and
every time they see it or use it they think of

Well by them a dinner it's done, other than
the sweet memory. By them a movie ticket
to a great flick, yet when its over just the
memory remains. 

Why not by something unique! Something
that will last a life time! Something that you
can serve dinner in style with, a work of art for
the table.

Hand painted stoneware products that last
a life time, and when in use you will be thought
of again, and again.

"Valentines Day Selections available Now!

"Stoneware lovers USA, here to serve you!" 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Event, Create A Legacy!

Over the years I have noticed something, sadly,
missing from our culture. A pleasurable experience 
I enjoyed as a child, and implemented in my family
as an adult. What is it you might ask?

Thats simple! As day turns into evening and the
children return home, from their day at school, and
Dad comes home from work, the event was about
to unfold.

You know back then Mom, in typical fashion, was
home doing many tasks all day long including preparing
dinner. She made most everything from scratch, and did
it well. Of course many of those recipes were handed
down from Grandma, her mother.

There is nothing like walking into your home and smelling
the sweet aroma of a freshly cooked meal. The event, which
I'm sure by now you realize is dinner! The food was great
but my favorite part was sitting around the table enjoying the
fellowship, learning what everybody's day was like.

There are things in life worth doing, traditions worth passing
on to future generations. I strongly believe this is one of them.
Try it, you will like it, you will laugh, you will cry, it will bond
you together. Create a legacy you can be proud of, built on love!

"Stoneware Lovers USA, here to serve you!"

Friday, January 21, 2011

Ahh! Romance Is In The Air!

Yes its that magical time of year to surprise the
one you love with a romantic gift. You
know that special gift thats meant just for her, 
or him. Yes believe it or not men like receiving
gifts from the one they love to. Sorry guys but 
the word is out now! 

Valentines Day presents the perfect opportunity
to deliver that special gift. We have a large assortment
of stoneware gifts that will more than please the
woman in your life men, or the man in your life ladies!

Coffee Mugs are usually a big hit with the guys,
my wife surprised me with a motorcycle mug
for Christmas. How about a Beer Stein?

For the ladies there are complete dinnerware sets,
or add on accessories to complement her collection.
And yes we have Stoneware Mugs for the girls as
well, that are sure to please.

Order early before the Holiday rush!
"Stoneware Lovers USA, here to please you!"

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Prado Stoneware Designs!

Prado Ceramics is a unique
stoneware success story of the
synergistic blending of stoneware 
designs from Rodo Padilla and Juan
Prado.  Prado, renown restaurateur
of the very popular La Terraza de la
Abuela, explored stoneware production
possibilities for his restaurants with
Rodo Padilla.

The happy result of their relationship
is the continuation of the ever
popular Mug Tree and Accessories
line by Padilla and the fabulous
square stoneware dinnerware 
designs and bold new glazes from
Prado that can be seen here.
"Stoneware Lovers USA, here to serve you!"

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Designs By Mara!

Mara, an accomplished painter, sculptor
and ceramicist, studied engraving with
the famous artist Alfredo Zalce. After
studying art in London, she began
working with high-temperature ceramics
and created wonderfully unique glazes
for her pieces.

Mara Stoneware, flowers, birds and
geometric stoneware designs all
represent her personal vision and display
her unique perceptions of the world.

"Stoneware Lovers USA, here to serve you!"

Monday, January 17, 2011

Some Info. On Our Stoneware Lovers USA Dinnerware!

Stoneware dinnerware sets make a great addition to any kitchen
and dining room. Dinnerware sets can include dinner plates, mugs
or coffee cups, dessert or salad plates, dessert or cereal or soup
bowls and sometimes even include serving pieces, such as a meat
platter or a vegetable and side dish bowl. Be sure to read the product
descriptions carefully to know exactly which pieces are included.

Dinnerware will typically come in sets that are called service for
four, service for eight, service for twelve or other even numbers.
The total number of pieces in the set will also be listed prominently,
so if you are shopping for a 16-pc. dinnerware set that is called
"service for four," that means there will be four kinds of dishes and
four of each kind. An example of this dinnerware collection could be
a four dinner plates, four mugs, four soup bowls, and four salad or
dessert plates. Many sets will have only one kind of bowl. Some may
have three sizes of plates: dinner, salad, and dessert. Sometimes you
will see a small saucer plate for use with a tea cup or coffee cup.
"Stoneware Lovers USA, here to serve you!"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Prado Stoneware 16 Piece Dinner Sets!

Prado Stoneware 16 piece set features
bold color choices in unique custom
stoneware designs.  Collectible
dinnerware that can be used as an artistic
and contemporary alternative to fine china.

This 16 piece set is exquisitely hand crafted
in extremely durable stoneware and designed
for everyday use. Each piece is hand painted
and fired twice at very high temperatures.

They are lead-free glazed inside and out.
Completely food safe, microwave safe, and
dishwasher safe. All of these high quality s
toneware creations are designed by Prado
and hand-made in Mexico.Stoneware Lovers,
give as gifts or add to your collection!

"Stoneware Lovers USA, here to serve you!"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mara Stoneware, The Designer!

All of Mara Stoneware design pieces are
high temperature fired with lead-free glazes.
These beautiful pieces of functional art are
microwave and dish-washer safe. Each
piece is engraved and painted by hand.These
make wonderful gifts for Stoneware Lovers.

Mara uses simplification to give life to her
work of ceramic stoneware. Her glazes are
unique for their quality and color and her fine
lines blend shape and essence into images that
flutter between realism and abstraction.

Being an accomplished painter, sculptor,
and ceramicist has made her a master at mixing
glazes and overseeing the production of this fine
 line of ceramics She has created a selection
that must be seen to be appreciated. Be sure to
look through the many pages of designs that
pay tribute to dance, animals, the southwest,
and many other subjects.Stoneware Lovers,
give as gifts or add to your collection!
"Stoneware Lovers USA, here to serve you!"

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Mara Latte Cups!

How many times have we heard about presentation
when serving food? For what ever reason if it looks 
good chances are it taste good. Now this isn't %100
full proof, but is normally the outcome.
So that being a given why not follow the golden 
rule and serve your food/beverage with some of 
our fine stoneware selections, heres just one example!

Mara Latte Cups are large enough to serve soup or a
large Latte. Add the matching Latte Plate and you have
a place to serve crackers or Biscotti Treats.

Stoneware Lovers, this is a must for your colletion or
give a friend a gift and make them smile!
Approximate Dimensions:
Cup - 7in. x 5.5in. x 3.25in.
Plate - 7.25in. x 7.25in. x .75in.

"Stoneware Lovers USA, here to serve you!"

Thursday, January 6, 2011

What Is Stoneware?

Stoneware is a semi-vitreous or vitreous
ceramic ware, which is much less porous
than earthenware. Vitreous means 'like glass',
stoneware is termed as vitreous because
after it is finished, it has a distinct look of
glass. Interestingly, stoneware has been
named that way, because many people
believe it to be a man made stone.
Stoneware has strong characteristics of
being as hard as stone. Stoneware is distinctly
less porous than earthenware.

Making of Stoneware Pottery;
Making stoneware is very similar to earthenware,
but there are some key differences. First of all,
stoneware can be made using a pottery wheel or
it can be directly made. Once you have given shape
to the clay, allow it to dry completely. Now you
can apply glaze to it. Keep the article in the kiln
and fire it up. Temperature is another key issue
over here. Stoneware is fired up at about 1200ºC.
These high temperatures are responsible for the
characteristic hard finish of the stoneware.

Earthenware vs Stoneware

Attribute-                          Earthenware     Stoneware
Temperature of baking-      1000ºC            1200ºC
Porosity-                            More Porous   Less Porous
Vitreous-                            Less Vitreous   More Vitreous
Hardness-                           Less Hard       More Hard

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

How To Season Your Stoneware!

1)When you remove your piece of stoneware from
its packaging, you will be tempted to wash it and use
it. Stop right there! First drizzle a little vegetable oil
or spread vegetable shortening on to the cooking
surface of the stoneware. Remember that seasoning
is a time-consuming process.

2)The best and quickest way to get stoneware seasoned
to perfection is to just keep it in your oven while you
bake things on a regular basis. After each session of
baking, spread another layer of oil or shortening and
return to the oven for safe keeping.

3)After approximately 5 baking sessions at an average
of 350 degrees, you should notice a definite darkening
of the stoneware.

4)When the piece of stoneware has darkened at least
 3 times its original shade, it should be seasoned enough
to use without baked goods sticking.

5)To wash, just rinse with a soapy washcloth. Directions
tell you never to wash with soap and water. However, a
soapy washcloth is not soap and water. Never submerse
the stoneware in a sink full of water. Occasionally, season
your stoneware again by drizzling oil or spreading shortening
and baking it in a low-temp oven (300 degrees) for a few

Article by Angela Robinson
"Stoneware Lovers USA, here to serve you!"

Monday, January 3, 2011

Mara Beer Steins!

Mara Designer Beer Steins!
Mara Beer Steins, with their unique design
could be used for any beverage you can
think of.
Mara's artisic talent highlights the
15 oz Beer Steins with sculpted masks.
And the 16 oz Beer Steins come with Mara's
love of nature, and turning everyday objects
into beautiful stoneware art.

Stoneware Lovers can add to their collection
or give as gifts!

Each piece is engraved and painted by hand.
All of Mara's design pieces are high temperature
fired with lead-free glazes.

"Stoneware Lovers USA, here to serve you!"