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How to care for your Dunoon products

Posted on May 24, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

Dunoon Fine Bone China

Washing your Dunoon products by hand offers the safest long-term protection. As handcrafted fine bone china, Dunoon teaware is sturdy, but it does require some special care.

Firstly, use a mild detergent and a soft cloth. Avoid abrasive cleaners and scourers as these can scratch. Do not use an polishing liquids on precious metal decoration. 

Dunoon products can be used in the dishwasher, unless they have precious metal decoration. The various detergents vary in strength, and some are quite caustic in their action. Use a mild detergent and follow the instructions as to the concentration. If these instructions are followed, Dunoon mugs will last many cycles before color fade is obvious. All on-glaze decorated ceramics will eventually fade in the dishwasher. 

When loading the dishwasher, load carefull with no edges touching. 


Tea and Coffee Stains 

The removal of lead from glazes to meet health legislation, has rendered ceramicware more susceptible to staining. Always rinse mugs and cups immediately after use. 

A build up of stain can easily be removed with a soak in a weak solution of bleach. 

Soaking in a mixture of salt and water often works. 


Thermal Shock (splitting through rapid expansion) 

Avoid pouring boiling water directly into fine cup and mugs. Always put the milk in first, or if you do not take milk, pour the water over the back of a teaspoon. 



Dunoon products can be used in the microwave, except where they have precious metal decoration. This is because the microwaves cause sparks on good conducting metals. 

Dunoon Fine Bone China

Introducing PEI's History Guy

Posted on March 11, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

It's no secret, I love Prince Edward Island. 

And I love meeting folks who share my passion for this beautiful province.

PEI is home to the breathtaking scenery, scrumptious culinary, friendly folks and rich history. 

Recently, I stumbled upon a blog that shares glimpses of PEI's past. PEI History Guy, was started by Isaac Stewart a freelance historian based in Charlottetown. 

Isaac is passionate about Prince Edward Island history and he's on a mission to preserve and promote Island heritage. Isn't that wonderful!


PEI's history guy


Take a peak at Isaac's blog and join me in delving into PEI's history.  

From his blog, A damned queer parliament:

"I found myself a bit pressed for time this week, so today’s post will be short and sweet, and if it makes you laugh…well, that’s more or less the point. It never fails to get a chuckle out of me, mainly because I consider the story to be so very Prince Edward Island. Off we go!
The next time you find yourself walking down Queen Street in Charlottetown, keep an eye out for a weathered plaque affixed to the exterior of a well-kept brick establishment housing Terre Rouge Bistro Marche in one half, and Liquid Gold Olive Oils & Vinegars in the other. . ."

Dunoon: Exquisitely crafted fine bone china

Posted on November 13, 2015 by Bruce MacNaughton


Dunoon Fine Bone China


Each year we welcome tens of thousands of guests to our restaurant and gift shop. When visitors walk through our doors it's always neat to see what catches theirs eye first. For some, it's the preserve sample table or the preserve kitchen observation window that captures their attention...and their appetite!  For many, though, it’s our wall lined with shelves and filled with colorful and intricately designed Dunoon mugs and teapots.  When we discovered Dunoon tea ware a few years ago, we knew we wanted to sell it in our shop. As tea lovers, we were drawn to the quality of Dunoon products. They are finely crafted and come in an array of fun and unique designs. When we say there's a design for every tea lover, we're not kidding. There’s something for the gardener, the musician, the handyman, the baker, and the nature seeker, just to name a few.


Where does Dunoon come from?

 Dunoon mug


Dunoon started as a humble family business in Argyll, Scotland in 1974. Their first display case had only 72 mugs for exhibit at the Highland Trade Fair in Scotland. Dunoon quickly gained a reputation for quality and beauty and in 1982, moved the headquarters to Stone, Staffordshire, the heart of the pottery business. Despite the move, a shop still remains in Scotland and Dunoon is very loyal to its Scottish roots.


Dunoon's range of mugs has grown over the years. They now have approximately 1,000 mug designs, and introduce 250 new designs each year. Mug designs range from contemporary to classic styles, in an effort to suit all tastes.


Thanks to highly skilled tradespeople, whose beautiful designs have captured the attention of buyers around the world, Dunoon has flourished as a company, and now celebrate more than 40 years of work.


With this success, they’ve been able to expand their market worldwide and sell in Canada, Australia, USA, Europe, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and China. Here at the Preserve Company we have the largest online selection of Dunoon in North America.


How are they made?


Dunoon teaware

Dunoon employs local and skilled crafts people to carefully create each mug. Most of these employees have been with Dunoon for years and have honed the ability to create fine bone china. Dunoon says that it’s their workers and quality control that are vital in “producing the highest quality mugs, well designed in both shape and pattern and manufactured with the greatest care for the discerning customer.”


Dunoon’s high quality fine bone china clay comes from Cornwall, South West England. It’s this special clay that gives mugs their translucency, bright whiteness and strength. The mugs are created through a 12-step process including the mould making, casting, firing, grinding, glazing, just to mention a few.


Whether you’re looking for a new mug to add to your collection, or searching for a meaningful gift for the tea or coffee lover in your life, Dunoon truly has an selection for everyone. And if you’re not in the area to browse our shelves, you can view our online selection from the comfort of your own home.


What’s your favorite Dunoon style? Let us know in the comment section below.



Dunoon Teaware