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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Handmade Pots and Pans

Some of my favorite pots and pans aren’t the expensive All Clads or Scan Pans (though I *do* love them). But the pans that I cherish are the hand-made ones. Here are 2 of the ones that I own:


This Flameware Skillet was recommended to me by Veronica of Kitchen Musings – hand-thrown by Clay Coyote Pottery. What I love about this skillet is that you can cook with it on gas, electric or ceramic stovetops. It’s also oven safe, microwave and dishwasher safe! It’s strong, sturdy and the glazed surface makes the best fried eggs that just sliiiiide off. The pan is organic feeling, I love the little helper handle on the other side of the pan as well. It will last a lifetime, like good pottery. $45-$85

I also bought their Tagine for making Moroccan Tagine (check out Elise’s recipe for Moroccan Chicken with Lemon and Olives) This is the only hand-thrown tagine made in the USA that can be used on the stovetop or oven. $85

This is No-Knead Bread Baker Bowl is on my wishlist for Mother’s Day! ($50)

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I just started using the La Camba black clay cookware handmade in Colombia (you can see it in my Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe post) I’m in love with the color, the smoothness, the chubby shape.

From La Toque’s website: Black clay Chamba cookware is well-known throughout Colombia and is used in restaurants and homes for preparing and serving traditional dishes (such as a Ajiaco). Its origins can be traced back at least 700 years to vases and pitchers found in pre-Columbian archaeological sites. It is still made in the traditional manner, by families in the village of La Chamba, on the banks of the Magdalena River in Central Colombia. Each piece is hand-crafted using local clays, burnished by hand and fired on-site. The painstaking process and natural materials give the dishes an authentic, distinctive and elegant look, yet Chamba is strong enough to use on the stovetop, oven or microwave. Chamba cookware heats evenly and is renowned for retaining heat.

This chub-a-tub-a soup pot on the left is next on my list. Check out entire product line at La Toque.

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Now let’s turn to my Etsy finds (by the way, if you’ve got a favorite handmade marketplace that you can recommend other than Etsy, let me know!) 

 

This is a Handmade Copper Saucepan – absolutely beautiful and again, this will last a lifetime if you take care of it well. Handwash and dry immediately after cooking. This solid copper one is from Kiliza in London on sale for $115.

 

And a wok! A handmade copper wok! So beautiful that I don’t think I could use this ;-) $160

Tri-Color Stoneware Bread Baker with 8 Recipes by Neal Pottery is $28. I’d also use this is a salad bowl too.

A bean pot! DASRAYPottery uses this for chilies, soup, scalloped potatoes. It’s a beautiful oven to table piece. $47. Several bean pot recipes and How to cook in a bean pot.

This Lidded Stoneware Casserole Dish is microwave, oven and dishwasher safe. Hand thrown by Deep Woods Pottery $24

Kathy in Ojo Sarco, New Mexico creates striking hand-painted pots (thanks for the tip Crystal!)

 

Any other ones that you’ve come across? I’d love to know!



20 Responses to “Handmade Pots and Pans”

  1. Cathy — 3/16/11 @ 8:57 pm

    You are not helping me. I do not need anymore cookware, but I definitely want it! Love the bread bowl.

  2. These are beautiful! I especially love those copper pieces!
    We have a number of pieces from a potter outside of Santa Fe. (we actually registered with them for our wedding in lieu of china) They have a few beautiful casserole dishes, safe for the oven – http://web.mac.com/ojosarco1/Ojo_Sarco/-casserole_link.html

    • Anu — 4/2/14 @ 9:40 am

      I agree, the copper ones are beautiful! Nice clicks too. We got our clay cookware from Miriams Earthen Cookware, these are hand crafted pieces too, from pure and tested clay. They’re so beautiful in my kitchen, and cook my food really well. The reason we went with this brand, after a ton of researching, is because these pots are made from pure clay and they’re made right here is the USA!!

  3. KS "Kaz" Augustin — 3/16/11 @ 9:38 pm

    No this is cruel, too too cruel, especially when I’m enamoured with my induction stove (with a gas backup, natch!). None of these beautiful pots and pans will work with induction and gas. Is. So. Slow. (I have two plagues of locusts masquerading as kids in the house.) But thanks for the no-knead bread recipe. Will be starting it this afternoon.

    • SteamyKitchen — 3/17/11 @ 6:44 am

      Oh I do love induction though! I have a portable induction stove that serves as my extra when I’m cooking for parties.

  4. SirenaNathalie — 3/16/11 @ 11:29 pm

    At the Chicago Housewares show last week I saw the Rometoff is coming out with a very nice earthenware clay bread baker. My blog features recipes made in clay pots you might find interesting. Creative Clay Cooking http://www.creativeclaycooking. Also a No knead bread recipe made in Ancestral Cookware Chamba Cookware. Always love people to share clay cooking recipes!

  5. Kiran — 3/16/11 @ 11:39 pm

    Ahhh! Now I need them all :D

  6. Rozee — 3/17/11 @ 5:31 am

    I dont need anymore cookware either but have a weak spot for anything handmade and especially clay! Now I have to go look for the bread bowl too *sigh* (feeling guilty with the state in Japan and all..)

  7. Sleepycat — 3/17/11 @ 9:38 am

    I have the bread baker by Neal Pottery and I love it. Thanks for pointing out their Etsy shop as the only place I had seen them before was at a local art/craft fair.

  8. Kiran — 3/17/11 @ 9:44 am

    Haha! Don’t we all need additions in our kitchen every now and then :)

  9. Elen — 3/17/11 @ 3:31 pm

    Thanks for this post, Jaden. I love cooking with pottery. And this is all reasonably priced. The No-Knead Bread Baker Bowl is now on my wish list, as well as the Flameware Skillet. Have mercy!

  10. Kristi — 3/17/11 @ 11:05 pm

    Jaden, thanks for the reminder that beautiful pots and pans don’t have to have a name brand on them. Of course, now I have to go order that tangine…..

  11. Heidi Robb — 3/20/11 @ 9:23 am

    Jaden, Thanks for compiling this wonderful reference.

    I have several (now) decades-old pieces from Potter Bill Sax. Cooking in handmade, earthenware vessels bumps up the element of human connectedness – I love that.

    http://www.billsaxpottery.com/flameware.php

  12. Katya — 3/20/11 @ 10:02 am

    I have a wonderful BreadPot made by Judy Motzkin, a Boston-area potter–recently featured by Bittman. Judy says that the unglazed clay is also strong enough to handle liquids, so I’m thinking about my next stew…

    http://www.motzkin.com/breadpots.htm

  13. shastaman — 3/23/11 @ 12:16 am

    So folks! I am planning a birthday party with 150 of my closest friends.
    I would like to know if I were to purchase a sheet of copper and heat it and beat it
    would there be issues with the alloy and possible toxicity from acidic foods leaching heavy metals into the paella
    I am attempting to create a 40 inch diameter paella pan
    any one?

  14. shastaman — 3/23/11 @ 12:18 am

    By the way!
    some of this pottery is gorgeous! ! !
    I wish I had the dough, I’d be purchasing some fancy cookware

  15. Michelle — 4/2/11 @ 9:26 pm

    Great post! I love Bram – http://www.bramcookware.com/

  16. judy — 4/8/11 @ 9:15 pm

    Jaden, I am sorry you missed my BreadPots in this survey. Simple clay, lively bread. Integrated safe handles. Limited production. Next batch out if the kiln April 18.
    http://WWW.motzkin.com/breadpots.htm

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