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.
Chapter 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.
It is January, there is a foot of snow on the ground, it’s as cold as can be… yet today local farmers gathered at Greenfield High School to sell their produce. I purchased fresh greenhouse spinach and lettuce, squash, whole wheat flour, honey, apples, jam, bread, grass fed beef, chicken, and even hot dogs! The Winter Farmers Market is growing steadily in Western Massachusetts. In Greenfield it is now a monthly event through the winter!
As I made my purchases I talked with the farmers. I asked them anything I wanted to know about their crops, and I thought wow, this is great. I love knowing where my food is coming from, I love buying local and keeping dollars in my community and I love supporting farmers! I was happy! The chitter chatter with the farmers and the smile on my face reminded me of how I feel with customers in my studio. Just a month ago at my Holiday Sale I was the one answering all the questions, and seeing the smiles on my customers faces. People thanked me for making pottery, and said how happy they were to be in my studio… I thanked them for supporting their local potter!
It’s all good!