My favorite pots are pie pans, probably because I love to make and eat pie. My pie pans seem to draw the heat and allow the bottom crust to cook and brown perfectly, resulting in beautiful, tasty pies. And now I have the garden of my dreams with all of the ingredients anyone needs to make a really great pie.
I also love to make muffin pans. Really big muffin pans. With cups that hold about 1 cup each, they’re perfect for popovers, which always come out of my pans high, light, and fluffy. Popovers are simple to make and everyone loves them.
And mugs. Who doesn’t have a favorite mug? I make my mugs in a variety of sizes, but my favorite mugs hold about 12 oz., although for my tea I prefer the next larger size, which holds 20 oz. I also make smaller, 6-8 oz. mugs and cups and bowls for children.
I do make dinnerware sets, but only after talking with the client to make sure I know exactly what they need and want to match their setting. I also make a variety of pots that I use in my own house, including butter dishes, tortilla warmers, dog bowls, casseroles, mixing bowls, pitchers, and bowls for serving and for the table.
After years of experimenting with different firing techniques and types of clay, I’ve settled in on what works for me. I love wood-fired pottery and have helped friends fire their kilns for the past 30 years, but wood firing is a young man’s calling. I also love the look of salt glazed pottery, but the toll it takes on the kiln is too much for me to justify. My clay and firing fall into the high-fired (2300f) category. I’m using a gas-fired kiln that will fire in reduction allowing me to achieve glazes that are similar to the pottery and glazes you see on ancient Chinese and Japanese pottery. Celadon (light green), tenmoku (black to brown), Shino (golden brown to cream), along with many more colors and textures. This type of firing allows me to get the deep rich colors and results in sturdy pottery that holds up well in the kitchen.