In the Potter’s Kitchen

A new book by Sumi von Dassow, In the Potter’s Kitchen, Handmade pots for Home-cooked Recipes was just released last week from Ceramics Arts Daily.  It looks like a great book for people like me who love to cook and make pots!  I have yet to get a copy, but I know I have at least one photo of my citrus juicers in it as you can see from the introduction on Ceramics Arts Daily.

http://ceramicartsdaily.org/bookstore/in-the-potters-kitchen/

 

PottersKitchenCitrusJuicerChapter 8: Preparation Ware
As with serving ware, almost any pot can be used to prepare food. A cook will grab a bowl to grate cheese into, a mug to whisk corn starch into broth, a saucer to mince a clove of garlic on. But some kinds of pots are designed to make certain preparation steps easier, and those pieces are what this chapter is about, including mixing bowls, egg separators, graters, and juicers.

 

 

 

Almost There

Waiting for two more kilns to finish firing for the Holiday Sale this weekend.  Here are few goodies so far!

Carving Pots

When I make my urns I tend to do a lot of carving into them, it may be as simple as carved leaves or as complex as a four-footed form.

I have been very busy the past couple of months just trying to keep up with the many orders for urns.  Every now and then I’ll get a commission for a personalized urn.   Here are a couple of photos of a footed urn being carved for a dog name Winslow, and a carved leaf urn for cat named Ruphus!

Taste of the Celadon Show

Here is a little taste from my show at the Celadon Gallery, starting with a beautiful ferry ride from New London Ct. to Orient Point, Long Island NY.

The Gallery is a wonderful sun filled cottage on the grounds of the Watermill Historical Society.  The show was shared with ceramic Sculptor Rene Murray, and Studio Potter Lucinda Piccus.  A very busy, delightful opening!

 

Salt Cellar, for the Foodie Contingent

There are a number of items I make as a functional potter aside from the typical mug and bowl.  Among them are butter keepers, egg cups, garlic grate dishes and salt cellars.  I like to call them gifts for the “Foodie Contingent”.

My favorite item which I started making this past January are Salt Cellars.  They are so tiny and elegant.  Here is a photo of them drying on my sun filled work table. (It’s starting to feel like Summer!)  For the finished version check my shop page at http://www.luciapottery.com/shop.php

 

The Easter Bread Influence

 Easter was a big holiday, growing up Italian and Catholic.  One of my favorite memories of Easter was making Easter bread.  As a little kid I always felt strong helping my mother knead 10lbs of dough… then I always felt like an artist braiding the dough.  These were my earliest influences in becoming a potter… strength and artistry!

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