Lucy at the Wheel… making an apple baker

Its apple picking season here in Western Massachusetts, so to celebrate the season I am making apple bakers. If you have never had a baked Cortland, or Mutsu apple with some maple syrup, cinnamon, raisins and pecans you are missing out on quite a treat.

We shot a little 3 minute video with me at the potter’s wheel making an apple baker the other day.  Just me, the wheel, quiet, no instruction.  It’s a bit different from my videos made in 2008 by expertvillage with the two-minute instructional clips.

Watch it here!

 

“The Bakers Oven” and my Pottery Shards

I had quite the surprise today at Cider Days where I was selling my new apple bakers and other “foodie” ceramics.  I was taking a break and walked over to the food vendors, and a friend said to me, “did you see your pottery over there at the wood fired pizza oven?”  I looked expecting to see pottery, instead I saw my pottery shards built into the oven!  All I could say was, “wow!” 

Earlier this year I wanted to get rid of a bunch of my bad pots that I had smashed for the shard pile.  I boxed them up in small boxes and put them up for free on Craig’s List.  (I had five calls the first day.)  I gave the boxes to three different people.  Well, one of those people was one of the owner’s of  “The Bakers Oven”, a mobile Wood Fired Pizza & Catering company of Colrain, MA.  Co-owner, Daniel built this whole thing himself.  I think he would make a good kiln builder!

What a cool concept… a mobile wood fired pizza oven!  So if you’re local, and you want to have them cater an event for you, here is the contact info. thebakersoven1@gmail.com

The Apple Baker

 I just started making apple bakers recently for an event we have here in Western Massachusetts called Cider Days.  I’ve been having some fun with them, and this is what I came up with for my finished product. 

But my question is this, do you think they can serve more than one purpose?  I think you could roast garlic in it.  My friend Mary thinks you can bake a pear in it.  So I gave her one of my seconds today to do a little research and developement with it.  We like to call it R&D.  Friends like R&D!