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Tagines as useful pots

IMG_1517Tagines are Morrocan stew pots with conical spouted lids. After making the first trials it was obvious I needed a larger kiln to make them big enough for the average family. For me ceramics is fundamentally about useful wares. I do decorative pieces sometimes but Form is Function as the Bauhaus designers always said. So the new larger kiln arrived in August.

I am always asked if my pots are oven dishwasher, and microwave safe. They are! It’s an indication that function plays an important part in the decision to buy.

I recently had a fireclay (bricks are made from it) vase returned because it didn’t hold water; and quite right too. it didn’t do what it was clearly designed to do. Hopefully a re-fire with a better glaze lining will do the trick.