The soul of a new tureen
Eight point two five pounds of clay. That's what you're looking at. That, and my friend Bob's hands, as he begins to throw the bowl of a new tureen, a brand new design, a prototype that will be tweaked and tested before being added to his line of serving pieces and dinnerware.
If you're going to get into food blogging, it's essential to have a potter friend who lives up the road. "Bob, I need a small black bowl." "Bob, I need a small white bowl." Never mind that Bob doesn't actually make those glazes, or the particular shapes I need for food photography, for production. Thanks to Bob, you've seen many unattractive (but delicious) soups looking better than best, photographed in just the right size, shape and color bowl.
So, no surprise, when I remarked at dinner a few weeks ago, "Bob, I need a tureen," I knew that some day one would appear, like magic, and that I would fall in love with it.
In the photo above, Bob begins to shape the bowl of the tureen, and below, you'll see it finished, with Bob's signature glaze.
The tureen holds fifteen cups of soup. We took it out for a test drive a few weeks ago; the soup stayed hot throughout the meal, making it easy for a certain potter friend to enjoy seconds, and thirds, of my smoky corn chowder.
The tureen elevated a humble soup to look -- and taste -- like something special, a dramatic presentation. And after all, isn't that what sets a tureen apart from a pot with a ladle stuck in it?
For more information about this tureen, contact Bob through his web site.