I have been watching Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking tv series on ABC iView, I really relate to his cooking philosophy and love of vegetable gardening, but I was most inspired by his beautiful collection of handmade pottery. Wood fired, varied glazes, including one that looks like a Jun, and what caught my eye today, a rustic old country-style mixing bowl. Very simple design, rolled rim, raw clay exterior, lightly clear glazed inside, deep and robust. I had to make one, but the clay I have isn’t quite right. Ones to groggy, ones to dark, and ones too smooth, so add them all together and it’s just right!.. hopefully.
from the BBC website, Nigel Slater cooking clips
this is the bowl I had to have
I mixed Clayworks RGH, with Feeney’s BSW, and Clayworks JB3. All high fire stoneware. I am aiming for a soft spiced cinnamon and nutmeg colour.
start kneading until its all combined evenly
so far, so good for this mini mixing bowl test, if it fires up like I hope then I will go ahead and make one full size, and maybe a jug in the same style. Keep you posted..
For people outside Australia watch for beautiful pottery in clips of Nigel’s cooking shows on the BBC website.