Dinner Plate


Terry Gess
Dinner Plate
Stoneware with stoneware slip and glazes
1.25H x 11DIA inches
Item #240-24

1 in stock

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Is this dinnerware microwave and oven safe? Yes – Microwave safe, and oven safe up to 400°F, but with some stipulations. Always be careful to avoid temperature shocking ceramics from extreme hot to cold. A good rule of thumb is to heat things slowly, evenly, and carefully. Use caution with oven use. Place the ceramic piece in a cool oven and bring up to temperature with the oven, no higher than 400°F. Never place a ceramic directly into a hot, pre-heated oven to avoid risk of temperature shocking.

Can I use this pottery on the stove? No. Dinnerware, including teapots, is not for stovetop use or use with an open flame.

Is this pottery dishwasher safe? Yes. For dishwashing, avoid using more acidic and abrasive detergents, such as Cascade and Lemi Shine, which can cause unnecessary wear on some glazes. Using gentle, environmentally-friendly detergents like Planet Dishwashing Detergent and Seventh Generation will maximize extending the life of your dishes. When loading your dishwasher, always be sure to rinse first and make sure not to overload or allow plates to touch. You may also want to wash on a gentle or China cycle for a shorter wash time, less intense pressure, and lower heat.

My silverware leaves marks on my plate. How do I clean it? 
To remove marks left by silverware, we recommend hand-washing periodically with Bar Keepers Friend, which is available in most major hardware stores and supermarkets. Please note that flatware marks actually sit on top of the glaze rather than cut into it. That’s right: the ceramics are actually stronger than the soft metal in the flatware, which causes forks and knives to occasionally leave a superficial residue — not the other way around.

Do dishes ever get stained?
Staining sometimes occurs if food, especially something acidic, is stored too long. It’s best to remember that these pieces are for serving — not storage — but if you do find yourself in this situation, I recommend thoroughly hand-washing with Bar Keeper’s Friend.

Some of this dinnerware boasts a gorgeous exposed clay, which can show oil stains when you start using it for the first time. With normal, continued use, the patina should evolve evenly, and, as it deepens, the surface smooths out. Most important of all, please know that oil staining does not affect the functionality or safety of the products.


Terry Gess – Bakersville, NC
Terry Gess is a studio potter in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.

His formal education includes study at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and Penland School of Crafts.

Upon completion of his Masters degree, Terry Gess received the prestigious three-year Artist Residency at Penland School of Crafts.

He was also invited to live and work in a Yixing teapot factory in the People’s Republic of China, collaborating with a master Chinese potter in the development of new teapots forms.

In addition, Terry Gess was selected to participate in an international ceramic exhibition and symposium held in the craft village of Fiskars, Finland, as well as studio lecture at the Estonian Academy of Art in Tallin, Estonia.

The North Carolina Arts Council awarded Terry Gess a ten-week residency at Chateau de La Napoule, an international artists residency program housed in a magnificent castle on the Mediterranean shore of the French Riviera.

In recent years, Terry Gess has expanded his creative activity to encompass creative writing in addition to pottery.

He and his wife Carmen Grier were awarded a joint studio residency at Cil Rialig International Artist Residency on County Kerry, Ireland.

Most recently, Terry Gess was selected as the first international participant in the “Bridge – Narrows Creative Residency” on the shore of Lake of the Woods in remote Ontario, Canada.

After eight years of teaching Craft Design and Pottery in the Professional Crafts Program at Haywood Community College, Terry Gess continues to augment his studio work by offering a limited number of instructional workshops and lectures to schools and pottery groups.

Terry Gess exhibits his work in exhibitions and craft shows across the United States – his work is regularly featured in select craft shops and galleries.