December 2001 | Sujata Agrawal

Crockery with a touch of class

The Tata Ceramics range of crockery enhances the eating experience with its fine designs and versatility. No wonder people the world over, not to mention the President of India, dine off it

Crockery that adds elegance to your dining table is a pleasant accompaniment to a spread of good food. And the fine bone china crockery from Tata Ceramics enhances the eating experience in more ways than one, which might explain why the president of India dines off its merchandise.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan is among a long list of residences where Tata Ceramics crockery is a part of the food habit. The company’s products combine sophistication with toughness, are highly resistant to hipping, and are easy to clean. This is the sort of crockery that can be used for occasions both ordinary and special.

Tata Ceramics products have a low-soluble, glazed finish that does not absorb moisture. The lead and cadmium content in them is far below internationally permissible standards. The company also manufactures mugs that come in all shapes and sizes. Some of these mugs have pretty pictures of animals, flowers and fruits on them, and others have colourful geometric designs.

Tata Ceramics introduces three to four designs for dinner and tea sets every year, and 16 new designs for mugs. Its products are bought by leading hotels and airlines and more than 95 per cent is exported, mainly to Britain, the United States, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. The company also manufactures specially designed crockery for Wedgewood, Royal Doulton and Churchill China in Britain.

Caring for your fine bone china
Fine bone china is renowned worldwide for its elegant body, inherent strength, durability and translucence. Fine bone china is breakable, so care must be taken when using or cleaning it.

Oven, microwave and freezer use

  • Fine bone china should not be used for cooking.
  • Any patterns with gold or other metallic trims should not be used in a microwave.
  • Never expose fine bone china to a naked flame or to sudden temperature change, such as washing a hot plate in cold water.

Using the dishwasher
Fine bone china can be safely washed in a dishwasher, provided certain precautions are taken:

  • Use detergents that are specially formulated to protect fine tableware.
  • Use the recommended amount of detergent.
  • Keep the rinse aid and salt reservoirs topped up.
  • Maximum temperature should be 650 C or 1400 F.
  • Use products only for domestic purposes.
  • Do not use dishwasher detergents that are strongly caustic.
  • Do not use scouring powders.

Hand washing and cleaning

  • Do not use scourers or abrasive materials as they may damage the surface.
  • Most stains or burnt particles can be removed by soaking in warm water before washing.
  • Stubborn stains can be removed without damaging the china by soaking in a mild bleach solution for up to an hour.

General care

  • Cups should be stored rim down. Do not stack or hang them as this can weaken their handles.
  • Do not slide plates one over the other as this may scratch the glaze. Plates are best stored with paper or tissue between them to avoid scratching.
  • Minute marks caused by metal deposits from cutlery can be removed using tooth powder.