Thursday, August 4, 2011

Grace Pottery

Kathleen Sarsfield of Grace Pottery creates pottery in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. It is here in her home studio that she explores with her speckled buff stoneware or traditional porcelain, finding inspiration from nature, as she creates her functional ware. 

Kathleen is always thinking about the relationship between her pottery and the food it is used for.  

She says, "As I drink my morning coffee from a handmade mug, I slow down and feel the surface of the piece. I enjoy the colors of the glazes and the textures. It's a wonderful way to start the day!"

"Growing our own food, buying local fresh from the farm and using handmade cooking and serving pieces focus all our senses on nourishing ourselves." Grace Pottery

Here is a recipe that she makes for many summer picnics: 
Baked Beans
Recipe from Kathleen's Mom

2 cups dried Great Northern beans (or whatever beans you prefer)
2 cups fresh tomatoes, blanched, skinned and crushed
1 cup water (saved from soaking beans)
½ cup brown sugar or honey
2 tbsp. molasses
¼ cups chopped onion
1 clove of garlic minced
1 Bay Leaf
A dash of ground cloves or chili powder
½ tsp. dried mustard

Cover beans with water and soak overnight. Drain beans, saving 1 cup of the liquid. Mix tomatoes, water, honey, molasses and cloves in bean pot. Add beans and remaining ingredients.Bake uncovered at 300 degrees for 2-1/2 hours adding water if necessary. Allow to cool slowly.

She suggests her beautiful Casserole Bean Pot for serving! 
Find out more about Grace Pottery, Stoneware and Porcelain Pots of Purpose at etsy or visit her facebook page.  Kathleen is also a member of the etsy mud team and the Potters Council.


  1. Beautiful Work Kathy! Thank you for sharing your vision - your store description of making pots of purpose is right on!

  2. That recipe sounds yummy! The beans would be extra yummy in that bowl, too!

  3. I enjoy reading your blog; it's great to see how other makers of functional ware arrive at the art they make. I am happy to add my thoughts(and pots).The beans can actually be baked in that bowl,too.


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