About enamel

Today, enamelware is experiencing its renaissance. Our manufacturing technique is traditional, however, we maintain high safety standards and perform thorough quality check.

What is enamel?

Mugs coated with enamel before firing

Enamel is a material produced by fusing powdered glass to a substrate. It is fired with additive pigments. Covering steel elements with enamel protects the base material from rust, gives the ware a pleasing aesthetic, and guarantees health and safety during the use of enamelware in the kitchen. Its durability is the result of firing at high temperatures (about 850°C) This does not only make it durable, but also makes it suitable for use on every cooker (including induction hobs) and makes it dishwasher-safe.   


What does the enamelware production process look like?

Well it’s not that easy really! The process is divided into two main stages:

The first stage is metalworking

Firstly the sheet metal is cut into separate rings. It is then pressed at high pressure to form the body of the dish. The metal parts such as the handles or rims are then taken and welded together to complete the metal form…

The second stage is enameling the metal form

● grounding

This is where the material is coated with a ground coat to prepare it for the outer layer. Following this the product is inspected by our quality control team. If it passes this stage, it can then be fired at very high temperatures. It is inspected once more after firing to ensure no defects have occurred.

● enameling

The second part of enameling is where your design really comes to life! This is where the dish gets some color. This gives the product its required aesthetic and practical attributes. Should the inner and outer colors of the product vary we firstly apply the inner coat. After drying, we apply a special enamel to the rim. It is specifically made to protect this area and needs to be significantly durable. The product is then fired once more before another rigorous inspection (we want to ensure all high standards of production are met).

● decorating

After all of this, we can begin to decorate the product (if applicable) or pack it. Decoration is also a time-consuming process. At first the ceramic decal has to be applied. Then it has to be dried and fired at very high temperatures (once again!) before, of course…. Yes – you guessed it! Being inspected again!  

Eamelware production process


Why enamelware?


● Safe for the health of your family members and anti-allergenic,

● Resistant to rust and rubbing out,

● Non-toxic,

● Easy to clean,

● Resistant to acids from food and beverages,

● Resistant to UV rays, retains its color for years,

● Functional, it can be used to make meals in those dishes, eat in them or reheat food.

● Stylish, it reeflects the past in a stylish and modern design,

● Great for camping, mountain trips, fishing with friends, at home, in the office, for coffee, hot chocolate… ready for every place and circumstance!  

The history of enamel

The history of enamel starts as far as over 5 thousand years ago. Ancient civilizations used enamel to cover their earthenware and jewelry. The currently used form of enamelware that we all know dates back to 1760 in Germany. From there it spread to other European countries including Poland. Enamel officially arrived in North America in the 1950s. In early enamelware production, it was only the internal parts that were enameled, this was done to eliminate any contact between food or beverages and the steel substrate. The chance of contamination from rusting metal was therefore minimized. Later people began to realize the benefits of enameling the exterior as it proved durable, easy to clean and resistant to interaction with food steel ware. There were some regional preferences as to the decorations. In the USA plain enamel was the style of choice closely followed by speckles. In the UK, there was a dominance of white enamel with a navy blue brim. In the other hand, Sweden’s most popular design was cream with a green frame. Other countries frequently used speckles, spots and folk decorations. 

Enamel kitchenware set country style


How to use enamelware?

Every product of Emalco Enamelware is handmade and every imperfection gives it its uniqueness. Enamelware is one of the most durable kinds of kitchenware that are currently available. The history that will be written on your enamelware can enrich it or damage – it all depends on how it is treated. Here are some rules to help you save it for years to come and some advises to make you and your enamelware friends

  • Tea or food can stain the enamel. That’s a natural process so don’t worry when it happens.
  • You can use the enamelware on the induction cooker, gas or electric stove, in the oven, in the bonfire,
    in the dishwasher, fridge, and freezer.
  • Do not use damaged enamelware for hot food and beverages. There are layers between the steel and the last, colorful enamel, that serve to protect the dishes and not to have contact with your food or drinks.
  • Using vinaigrette for cleaning might change the color of enamel.
  • Do not use in the microwave.
  • Enamel is a hard material that can survive a lot. However, exposed to a big pressure it will break (just like glass ). Don’t throw your enamelware, especially on the hard surface.
  • Enamelware is made of steel and because of that, it conducts heat better than other mugs. That`s why they might even feel warmer than the drink inside. Be careful, because the dishes might get surprisingly hot.

What can the enamelware be used for?