So, we’ve put a little focus on berries this year at our farm.
I have the fabulous opportunity to work on our local college farm a few days a week and the farm is participating in a fruit trial for the next three years. We’ve planted a research plot of various berry plants that are typically grown more north of us by our Canadian friends. Given that the Stone Cottage Farm is at a higher elevation than the college town by 1000′, I’m quite interested in the results of the study to see what thrives. Since I’m just a bit impatient, I’ve dabbled in planting just a few berry plants from these varieties to see how they do on our farm.
Well, the strawberries and black currents will work out well, if I can manage to actually put their watering and care on the chores rotation. The black current bushes are amazingly resilient. The strawberries led me to designing a colander for berries that could actually be used to wash and hold them, versus, simply looking great on the counter, but too fragile to use.
The colanders started out to be cute and tiny little bowls, like you would use for a single serving, and they seemed to grow with each one I threw on the potter’s wheel. I’ve landed on this great size that can handle a quart of berries, since, in our house, we pretty much laugh at pint size anything when it comes to berries. We love our berries.
I can get lost in the patterning of the holes for these. After trimming the bottoms, I always place the bowl on the tallest banding wheel I have in the studio and spin the bowl slowly until an idea of the pattern that fits that specific bowl comes to mind. The handles are hardy lug handles, so, there’s no worry of breaking or catching when working with the colander in the sink. I’ve made them in white porcelain and brown stoneware clay. Sometimes, I make a small plate to go with the colander. Sometimes, I just let them sit on their own.
Dimensions: approximately 7″ W X 4.5″ D
These colanders range in size just a little. All are hand-thrown on the potter’s wheel, hand trimmed, handles are molded by hand and attached. Variations occur in size, just a little possible sway, and the glazes I use include many layers of different colors, all hand brushed. Expect variation, love that your pot will have it’s own unique character and charm – just like you, just like the food you’ll make and serve it in.
These pots are made with non-toxic clay and glazes. They are made to be used and, with care, can last a lifetime. Please don’t shock the pots with drastic temperature changes, sudden impacts, metal utensils or harsh chemicals. Please consider pottery can scratch some surfaces. Dishwasher, refrigerator, and oven safe. Not recommended for freezer or stovetop