Can ceramic go in the oven? (+3 types)

In this article, we will answer the question “Can ceramic go in the oven?”, and can you put ceramic plates in the oven?

Can ceramic go in the oven?

Yes, you can use ceramic bowls in the oven as long as they are labeled oven-safe. Read on If you want to know more about the safety of sing ceramic bowls in the oven.

Why do some bowls shatter?

All ceramic bowls are composed of clay and are hardened by fire. The major difference is the glaze which may or may not be oven-safe. earthenware, bone china, stoneware, and porcelain are included in the ceramic category. 

A non-waterproof clay will damage the clay. Such clay si susceptible to breakage when placed inside a preheated oven.

What to look for when purchasing bowls?

Look for the label usually on the bottom of the bowls that say the bowl is oven safe or has an oven sign printed on it. Wavy lines with a temperature below 300℉ indicate the bowl is safe for use in low-temperature ovens. 

Whether your ceramic bowl is oven safe or not, It is not recommended to subject it to extreme temperature fluctuations.

Oven-safe bowls 

If the bowl doe not clearly declare If It is oven safe or not, you can find it out yourself. For example, a glass bowl or pan that says It is made of pyrex or labels ‘Corningware’ can be safely used in the oven. 

If the bottom of the bowl does not have a sign that marks it safe for the oven, contact the manufacturer or connect via e-mail to inquire about their product’s safety inside an oven.

What temperature does a ceramic crack?

Ceramic bowls or plates are designed to tolerate high temperatures like 1,000 °C to 1,600 °C (1,800 °F to 3,000 °F). The amorphous or non-crystalline structure of glass renders it non-oven-safe.

Can I put a ceramic bowl in the microwave? 

Generally, ceramic, porcelain, glass, and china can safely be sue in the microwave. You can safely use them for heating or reheating your food in the microwave unless the manufacturer instructs otherwise.

Is ceramic good for baking?

Yes, ceramic is excellent for baking food. Not only baking, but It also makes for a very suitable candidate for storing and serving food. Ceramic has excellent heat retention properties. 

On the other hand, silicon heats poorly and your finished baked product fails to develop the heavenly brown hue characteristic of baked products. The plus point about ceramic cookware and bakeware is that they are very decorative.

The dangers of ceramic cookware?

The shiny and smooth finish of the ceramic cookware and bakeware is owed to the glaze. This glaze is protecting the porous clay underneath from breakage. 

Some glazes may contain lead and cadmium which may leech into your food during cooking and baking. The lead may also deposit on the surface of this cookware.

Can you put ceramic plates in the oven?

As long as the ceramic is oven-safe, you can use it in the oven safely. The branding or printing done to the ceramic plates after firing might leech into the food making it unsafe for consumption. Carefully remove ceramic plates from the oven as they get very hot.

When is it safe to put a plate in the oven?

In case of the absence of an oven-safe label, figure out the material of the plate before using it in the oven.

Plastic or melamine 

Good quality plastic plates can withstand a temperature as high as 400 degrees but It is not worth the risk of putting them in the oven. Melamine plates are not fit to use in the oven, according to the FDA. 

Melamine is up of melamine-formaldehyde resin, and the melamine contaminates food at 160 F and the temperature above. Similarly, plates with a label of ‘For decorative purposes only’ should not be used for heating food.


Metal plates made up of stainless steel, cast iron, aluminum, or coated with enamel can be safely used in the oven. However, these plates can get very hot, therefore, put them on a sheet pan or hot pads after removing them from the oven.


Glass plates are highly susceptible to thermal shock. Thermal shock results in the expanding and contraction of glass plates at different speeds which can result in cracks in your plate. Your best bet is to use tempered glass plates in the oven which are made to withstand high temperatures.


In this article, we answered the question “Can ceramic go in the oven?”, and can you put ceramic plates in the oven?


Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.