IMG_4073IMG_4071 Amazing what a dollop of glaze can do. This casserole is also a comission for a vegetarian family who like to keep a good pot going with regular additions. The dimensions are 11″ wide and 5 1/2″ deep. Should be big enough!

Casserole cometh 3

The finished article

Casserole cometh again

Formed for friends
Leather hard ready for the first firing

The casserole cometh

Oven to tableware needs to be big enough to feed a family. Tagines are limiting because they are too tall for the average oven and cannot be used on top of the stove. Like God the casserole has always been with us in some form or other. I’ll try to develop my own take on this ancient theme.

Guess what? The casserole came out of the kiln with a huge crack across the bottom. Lid’s OK so I’ll throw a new base. Watch this space.

Commissioned Tagines 2

0009The thrown casseroles have now been biscuit fired to 1070 celsius and are ready for glazing. So far so good. No cracks or faults to be seen.

They have been made with fairly loose fitting lids so that any extra width from the addition of glaze or the distortion which can happen when clay fuses into stone will be accomodated.

Big Blue Tagine

IMG_2358Big Blue is the first result of my Tagine theme.

A holiday in Morrocco in 2007 introduced my wife and I to the wonderful lamb stews of this sub Saharan state. Dried fruit, especially apricots adds to the sweetness of the lamb and the contrasting bitter herb rosemary well known to Mediterranean cuisine.

The stew is eaten from the large pot in the centre of the family table, each diner dipping in with their fingers.

Traditionally tagines are of low fired earthenware in terracotta red clay with straight tapered sides to both pot and open topped lid. My take is to use stoneware clay, curved lines and varied glaze effects. The spouted lid remains for culinary reasons!

Commissioned Tagines

IMG_2538At a recent craft fair I was asked to repeat myself!

Having sold the large blue tagine elsewhere on this site a customer asked me if I could make her something similar. It reminded her of working in the local pottery factory years ago.

So I’m way out of style but who cares if it sells and I enjoy making it?

These are two versions I’m hoping she’ll like. At the moment they are “green” wares having been thrown, dried and now ready for the next “biscuit” firing. After that they’ll be glazed and she will have a choice to make, assuming both survive submission to the fire!