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May 19, 2011

The soul of a new tureen

Hands at work.

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.

Bob throwing the tureen

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.

Soup tureen 1.0

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.


Posted by: Sonya missbossypants | May 19, 2011 at 01:18 PM


Posted by: CJ McD | May 19, 2011 at 08:28 PM

Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.

Posted by: Sheila | May 19, 2011 at 08:56 PM

Bobby the tureen is beautiful. Sheila

Posted by: Cathy H | May 20, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Have enjoyed Bob's beautiful pottery since the 1980's when his proud father first introduced his work to us.........still enjoying today!! Beautiful and lasting! Now I will try some soup!! Thanks Cathy H

Posted by: KalynsKitchen | May 23, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Wow it is absolutely gorgeous. You're lucky to have him for a friend, no doubt about it!

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