There are many considerations a potter must entertain while making pots for high-heat applications that include utility, cooking methods, ideas of local foods, international recipes, and tabletop culture.
This two-day hands-on workshop introduces participants to high-fire flameware for making flameproof cooking pots. The “flameproof” clay body is specially formulated to withstand thermal shock when in high-heat cooking environments – grill, broiler, pre-heated oven, wood-fire oven, stovetop, and more. We will explore the utilitarian necessities of a cooking pot used in these high-heat environments, and aesthetic considerations for a beautiful pot presented from the cooktop to the tabletop. Participants can expect to make a covered stovetop pot and an altered baking/roasting pot. Clay body, glazes, and appropriate firings for flameware will be discussed.
Demonstrations, hands-on work, and lively discussion will give students a solid foundation for working with flameware and ideas to take shape in the form of clay cooking pots for slow food & a healthy world. This workshop is designed for students with a solid foundation in wheel-forming.
Robbie Lobell is co-founder and co-owner of Cook on Clay. She is a full-time studio potter and educator living and working on Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest. Primarily self-taught, Robbie received continuing education through intensive study, residencies, and assistantships. She is a mentor and teacher in her Zakin Apprenticeship Program and demonstrates, lectures, and teaches throughout the country and beyond. For the past decade Robbie has focused her work on designing and producing flameproof cookware with a flameware recipe handed down to her by Karen Karnes.
Lobell's pots reside in kitchens and on tables across North America and beyond. Her flameproof cookware is used by award winning chefs and featured in galleries and shows, gourmet food shops, and at culinary events. Robbie's work has been exhibited nationwide and written about in a number of ceramics books and ceramic and food publications. She is a member of NCECA, Slow Food International, American Ceramic Society, Whidbey Island Grown, Washington Ceramic Association, and on the Studio Potter Board of Directors.