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I have one stoneware item in my kitchen: this 9x13 baking dish. It is glazed (except on the bottom). I have handled it very carefully according to the directions that came with it -- no metal utensils, no soaking in water, etc.
After I had used the dish about 20 times (over the course of ~6 months), these "cracks" started showing up UNDER the glaze:
They seem to be cracks in the stoneware (but NOT cracks in the glaze) that have some moisture in them. The cracks do not change color, except to darken over time.
When the first few cracks appeared, I stopped using the dish because I worried that I had broken it. Then I decided I may as well just use it until it really breaks! And so I'm still using it! :)
Is it normal for a glazed stoneware baking dish to look like this? Is the dish going to fall apart on me one of these days, or will it work fine for another 10 years? :)
Here is what the bottom of the dish looks like:
See? No cracks at all on the bottom. Only a few scuff marks from when I have (carefully) put it into the oven. I also always allow it to dry upside down like this, so the bottom can completely dry (rather than being flat on the counter).
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