Caring for your Rae Dunn Clay

Caring for your Rae Dunn clay Collection. 

Have you joined in the Rae Dunn craze? It’s all the rage on Instagram and I could spend all day looking at all of the gorgeous photos.

Caring for your Rae Dunn clay is fairly simple. There’s no big trick, but I do see the topic come up often about care; mostly on storage and washing. It mostly requires not being too rough on your dishes. Any pottery will become weak and can crack if it’s knocked around or not used with care.

Caring for your Rae Dunn Clay

Dishwasher or Hand Wash Only? 

Even though the mugs say right on the bottom that they are dishwasher safe, I was so nervous about putting my mugs in the dishwasher. And I only did it once. It just didn’t feel right. And after reading this article from our 100 year old home I decided it was best to only hand wash them from now on.

She interviewed Rae directly and while Rae said that she wants us to use and enjoy our pieces, she suggested hand washing only as they can clink together and crack or chip against other dishes in the dishwasher.

I use a soft sponge to clean my mugs as harsh scrubbies could scratch and discolour the clay over time. I’m also super careful if I’m using a spoon to stir as I’ve scratched mugs this way before too.


I like to store mine safely in the China cabinet (even though I love seeing photos of how beautifully some people style it about their houses) but fully plan to use the canisters and spoon rest once I have them all. I make sure they’re not piled on top of each other, even though I love the look of Liz Marie’s cabinet. And who knows, maybe when I have so many, I might have to stack some too.

If you’re storing seasonal dishes away or packing them to move, it’s suggested to triple bubble wrap them and keep them in a box with lots of extra packing so they’re snug and can’t move around too much.

Caring for your Rae Dunn Clay

Caring for your Rae Dunn Clay

For my bowls that are stacked, I fold a piece of cardboard in half to keep them apart a bit and show their writing a little better.

Caring for your Rae Dunn Clay

After I’m done using a mug I usually go to the sink, wash and dry it right away and put it back in the cabinet. (This of course is after making 5 coffees in it) 🙈 I know this might seem slightly obsessive, but I think this might have to do with the fact that I broke one the other day. I literally owned it for half an hour when it broke. Luckily, though, it didn’t shatter so I’m still able to use it for display.

Caring for your Rae Dunn Clay

It was the HOT MESS mug that broke. *sobs*


One tip is to try not to let them soak too long in water as the bottom rim of the dishes aren’t sealed so it will soak up the water and change the colour of the clay. Many people have said they return to normal colour once they dry but sometimes they don’t. People have been noticing this with the planters especially. I’ve read that some people keep a plastic liner between the planter and the soil or use fake greenery to avoid watering all together. A couple of my mugs get spots right away as I’m washing, even without soaking but none have stayed permanent so far, so that’s good.

Microwave & Baking

Rae says that her pottery is microwavable and that the bakewares are oven safe. With any pottery, it’s recommended to bring the bakeware up to temperature with the oven and not put a cool dish into a hot oven. A shock in temperature can cause any pottery to crack.

If you have anything else to add to the list for caring for your Rae Dunn pieces, please let me know in the comments and I will add it to the list.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Caring for your Rae Dunn Clay

I’ve also posted about my collection and answered some questions that I get asked about it. You can read that here


2 thoughts on “Caring for your Rae Dunn clay Collection. 

  1. M says:

    How about containers? Have you put Coffee, sugar and flour. Is it safe to put inside the container? Or is it just for decoration and collecting?


    • Briar-Rose says:

      Many people use their canisters and some just have them on display. I did use mine for sugar but now that the Lead Safe Mama has been testing these items for lead I’ve stopped using it. 🙈


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