Monday, December 13, 2010
Review: Artisan Bakeware by Emerson Creek Pottery
I love pottery. I love the touch of it, the feel of it, the look of it. In essence, everything about it. There is nothing like using pottery in the kitchen. I've even dabbled in making my own pottery. So naturally, I was tickled to get to review the Artisan Bakeware small loaf pan from Emerson Creek Pottery.
Emerson Creek Pottery artisans handcraft pottery in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia near Beford. They have quite a fascinating history of making pottery and carry on those traditions in a contemporary way. In fact, each piece is hand made and hand painted before firing in a gas kiln. All of their pieces are microwave and dishwasher safe, lead free and ovenproof.
The small loaf pan I received for review is beautiful! It has fluted edges and a soft, hand painted Creeping Thyme pattern on the sides. The pan is a nice, solid weight. It is unglazed, which sort of concerned me as I have never baked in an unglazed pan. Do I grease it like a regular pan? Will it stick? I decided to just go ahead and use it like a regular pan and greased it. My recipe for Chocolate Bread (you know it, I love chocolate!) called for it to even be floured but I forgot to do that. Anyway, I baked my bread. The bread baked so nice and evenly and pulled away from the pan on it's own. It was a snap to turn it over and the bread popped right out without sticking.
Emerson Creek Pottery also carries many other handcrafted items for the kitchen, dinning room, bathroom and other home decor as well, such as orchid pots and self watering African Violet pots, clocks, vases, candles, lamps and baby sets. Stop by and visit their site at http://www.emersoncreekpottery.com/artisan-bakeware.shtml.
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