Arcuisine has been a family owned business since 1897 and was started by glass visionary George Durand. Currently made in Arques and Chateauroux France, Arcuisine Elegance is a new collection of high quality, superior, borosilicate glass cookware and kitchen prep products. Made of laboratory –grade borosilicate glass, Elegance products are stronger, smoother and clearer than any other type of glass cookware. The pieces have incredible heat distribution; they heat up quickly and gently so your food is cooked uniformly and all the natural juices are maintained. Elegance has high heat retention- the food baked in Elegance stays hot longer on your table or counter. Elegance products are extremely durable-it is 20% more resistant to thermal shock than soda lime glass and unlike soda lime, will not shatter when broken. It is the safest glassware on the market today with incredible mechanical shock properties. It has a high resistance to chipping and breaking due to the thickness of the glass and the reinforced edges. Arcuisine Elegance is very easy to clean. It has an extra smooth surface which will not absorb odors, liquids or trap food particles and keeps each piece looking like new for years. Dishwasher, microwave and oven safe, each beautifully designed George Sowden Arcuisine Elegance piece comes with a 20 year guarantee against breakage or malfunction due to manufacturing defects.