Statesmetal is an aluminum alloy developed to resemble the warmth and beauty of pewter. Highly skilled craftsmen hand pour molten Statemetal into a sand mold, which is then destroyed, never to be used again. This time honored technique creates the unique features that make each piece a true original. Every item is then carefully finished by hand to create the quality appearance you expect. Statemetal products are food safe, and will not chip, crack, rust, or break under normal use. To help preserve the finish, manufacturer recommends hand washing with a mild detergent.