Select Series: Kitchen Pots, Bakers, and Serving Vessels

Every potter has certain common forms in their repertoire–think bowls and mugs. But the kitchen is home to various less-common pots-from muffin pans and juicers, to batter bowls and salt shakers–that are great fun for the potter to investigate. Part of the Ceramic Arts Select Series, this book showcases pots used for...(Scroll down for more.)

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…prepping, cooking, and presenting food. Each edition of the Ceramic Arts Select Series focuses on a group of related forms and presents some of the best examples of how contemporary artists are exploring, innovating, and celebrating those forms.

In Kitchen Pots, Bakers & Serving Vessels, you’ll find nineteen easy-to-follow, step-by-step projects. The artists share not only the process but also the functional considerations taken in the planning stages. You’ll discover how to make a baking dish just the right size to fit lasagna noodles, and how to match the curves on a mortar & pestle for maximum crushing surface. It is these details that separate the pots people want to use from the pots that sit in the cupboard. You’ll also learn how to design pots that enhance the dining experience by presenting food beautifully. A nice mingling of the “how to” and the “why to” for some of pottery’s less common forms, this book is a welcome addition to any ceramic library.


Square Baking Dishes by Mike Baum

Mike Baum wanted to make his lasagna bakers the perfect size for lasagna noodles. So he alters a thrown ring into a square and adds a thrown foot with a spiral in the center to tie the thrown look together in the piece. In chapter one, he shares his process.

Flare-Handled Bakers by Emily Donahoe

The flared handles on Sarah Jaeger’s bakers are perfect for oven-mitted hands to hold, and that is no accident. Emily Donahoe explains all the details that make these bakers stand out from the crowd!

Muffin Pan by Sumi von Dassow

Making a muffin pan with clay is a complicated process, but as Sumi von Dassow explains, it is also fun, good practice, and a customer attention getter! She shares her process with all the important details such as how to measure the cups to make them all the right size.

Batter Bowl by Courtney Long

Using pots to tell stories is a lot of fun. It can be even more fun to not only tell a story ON the form, but to work the form right into the narrative. That’s just what Courtney Long does with her spouted batter bowls with a puffy cloud-shaped handle and playful slip decoration.

Multipart Citrus Juicer by Gwendolyn Yoppolo

Tackling kitchen gadgets that are less common than the average cup or bowl creates nice challenges for potters. There are a lot of details to consider when making a juicer. Gwendolyn Yoppolo covers them all in this great project for a multi-part juicer!

Spice Grinder by Paul Linhares

Like the juicer, a spice grinder is one of those kitchen gadgets that has a lot of details that must be considered if it is going to function properly. Paul Linhares figured out all the important details and shares them here!

Hollow-Rim Tray by Mark Cole

Beginnings and endings on pots are important to the success of the piece. Mark Cole wanted to make pots with substantial rims as a focal point, but he also wanted them to be lightweight enough to function well. His solution: to make the rims hollow inside. Learn his double-walled forming process here!

Slumped Tray by Nancy Gallagher

When Nancy Gallagher was insulating her barn studio, she wondered if the scripts of insulating foam would work as a material for slump molds. It worked great, plus it’s lightweight, cheap and easy to store!

Pinched Tray by Lily Zuckerman

The pinch pot is the most elemental of pottery forms requiring simply one’s hands and a lump of clay. But many artists use pinching techniques to make sophisticated or complex forms. Lily Zuckerman makes beautiful vessels starting from a solid lump of clay, with no clay added and very little cut away.

Hump Mold Tray by Harriet Gamble

Steve Howell’s oval shaped tray came about out of a request from his wife for a serving dish for a large salmon. Harriet Gamble explains how he makes the dish on a hump mold, as well as how to make a normally heavy plaster mold light as a feather (well, almost).

Clever Clover Dish by Michael Hamlin

There are so many great ways to make molds! Michael Hamlin’s slump mold is made from a thrown ring of clay that is then cut and reassembled into a clover shape. See how he puts it to use to make a unique, impeccably designed dish.

The Bread Basket by Lisa York

Lisa York creates a line of dinnerware, but to keep things interesting in the studio, she is constantly creating new forms as well. Finding inspiration in everyday items found on or flipping through kitchen catalogs, she then develops her own version of it through trial and error. The Bread Basket in this chapter is one of those forms!

Dessert Dishes by Deborah Schwartzkopf

Deborah Schwartzkopf made a series of dessert dishes for an exhibition celebrating the culmination of a residency. They all started off with three basic components, but were altered in to fun shapes so that each one was related but different. This chapter will inspire you to mess around and develop new forms!

Classic American Butter Dish by Keith Phillips

Keith Phillips starts out his butter dishes like you would start out a double walled vessel. This way the top and bottom fit into each other without a lot of caliper measurements. Such a smart idea!

A Sauce Boat with Simple Seams by Deborah Schwartzkopf

How do you make heavily altered forms and not have problems with cracking? Practice, practice, practice…plus these tips from Deborah Schwartzkopf! Deb knows a thing or two about this since all of her work is heavily altered and these tips will save you a lot of frustration!

Condiment Server by Gwendolyn Yoppolo

Since condiments are some of the most concentrated and powerful flavors in the kitchen, they deserve a serving dish that celebrates them, according to Gwendolyn Yoppolo. Her thrown and handbuilt condiment server does just that!

Elegant Butter Dish by Martha Grover

Martha Grover seeks to elevate that wonderful ingredient we call butter with her delicate and fancy butter dishes! She shares her butter box process, which can be adapted in size to fit anything else you would be interested in elevating to a higher status (like cookies!).

Stopperless Shakers by Keith Phillips

These ingenious salt and pepper shakers are made without a stopper. How do you load it, you ask? It will all make sense when you check out Keith’s process in this chapter!

Utensil Handles by Kristin Pavelka

In an effort to produce ceramic wares that were more earth friendly, Kristen Pavelka started messing around with creating clay handles for antique kitchen utensils. This project explains how she does it and is also a great resource for making mixed media clay pieces!

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