Time for hearty soup and slow-cooked stew … Time for some bowls with handles.
Just about this time of year, I start thinking about using up our storage vegetables like carrots, potatoes, onions, and squash, and lately, I’ve got Ireland on my mind, could be the book I’m reading – Women of the Celts by Jean Markale.
So, the two become one and I find myself pouring over my Irish foods cookbooks, which I have a few, and putting holds on Irish cookbooks from the library, and looking online for more Irish cookbooks that may have recently been published. More on that later. Of course, all this overflows into the studio.
I have orders to fill, but in between designing and making the orders, I couldn’t help myself,and threw a few soup bowls with handles. I’m out of inventory of them and folks seem to snatch them up whenever I take them to shows. I think it’s because…
Soup bowls with handles simply radiate comfort. Warm soup, warm bowl, a handle so you can hold it in your hands comfortably and bring it close for a long slow inhale of steamy deliciousness.
These bowls dry upside down for a day to start the drying process and to set the handle.
I like a thick and sturdy soup bowl with a solid bottom to keep my hot soup/stew steaming for a while, so, I can sit back and savor every spoonful.
Then, I turn them over, check that the handle has dried evenly with the pot and continue the drying process.
The studio is showing low humidity right now so, pots are drying rather quickly. Once it gets filled up with newly made pots for an upcoming show, the humidity will double, drying will slow, and it will be time to put a nice big fire in the wood stove and keep things moving.
I’m a bit drowning with new pot design ideas for 2016 so, I’ve gotten started in making something new, or I guess I should say expanding on a design I’ve been making for over 5 years. Excited to get to the finish, but for now, the focus is on each step in the process…
Stay tuned, it’s a new year and the studio is back to life …