A few years ago, I thought it would be fun to take a pottery class. I signed up for a 10-week block at Hinckley Pottery…and then another…and another…and after a few months I realized I was hooked. Throwing clay (that’s what they call it!) on a wheel is creative, relaxing, and productive – even after the first set of classes I’d made things I could give as gifts, though they were much lumpier and heavier than what I can make now.
This month’s RecipeRedux post features “classic cookware” – pieces that have an emotional or family connection beyond their practicality. I figured it was the perfect time to share my pottery! Don’t forget to check out the link at the bottom to see everyone else’s contributions.
Why handmade stoneware is great in the kitchen
- This stoneware is high-fired – that means it goes into a kiln that gets up to over 2000F! Because those high temperatures are reached, the resulting pots are oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe.
- Many of the glazes are non-stick, making them easy to clean, and less oil can be used.
- They’re personalized and practical – the perfect combo for a gift! I like to melt glass from wine or beer bottles from special occasions (like weddings!) to give. It makes a sparkly, crackled appearance that is smooth to the touch. My wedding collection includes a spoon rest, his & hers mugs, or a ring dish – or all 3! Click the picture (or here) for more information about how to order for yourself or a loved one.
I love the idea that pottery I’ve made is now being used and cooked with in my friend’s and family’s homes! Just another sneaky way I’m encouraging more healthy eating by getting back to the kitchen. Check out more of my work and see videos on my SBS Facebook Page (and don’t forget to give a Like if you like it!).
If you’re in the DC area, join us for the Student Show at Hinckley – May 4th, 12-5pm, 1707 Kalorama Rd NW. I’ll be there with over 20 other student artists, sharing and selling our wares. We’d love to see you!
Now, for the recipe: my brother got married last year, and their gift is finally ready. I made them mugs (actually the ones pictured, above!), a salt shaker, and a tarte pan. Because his birthday is also this month, I baked a carrot cake into it as a gift for that occasion! I used this recipe from Alton Brown, but healthed it up a little by substituting half the flour with whole wheat, the oil with applesauce, and poured some of my cheesefake filling on top in place of icing! I’m excited to see what else they bake into it in the future. :)
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