Thursday, September 15, 2011

William Cook Pottery

"I believe it is important to know 
where your food comes from as well as your plate." 
says William Cook,  
a potter from St. Paul, Minnesota.

I found out about William's work through the etsy team, studio potter archive. William is very involved in the process of each piece that he sells, sometimes he even digs up clay from around the Mississippi River. Each piece is unique, completely handmade, and created for the purpose of functional use.

He loves to cook and finds the connection between his pottery and local food to be inspiring.

William Cook Pottery is about having handmade pieces that make your meals so much more enjoyable.

"It is essential to me to be able to place a face and experience
to the objects in my life." 

"With the fast pace of most peoples lives it is nice to slow down and enjoy a homemade meal served on handmade pieces."

He shares this recipe with us:
William's Marscapone Pasta

2 pints (containers) cherry tomatoes

1 bundle of green onions
1 lb large shell pasta
approx 3/4 cup grated parm cheese
1 container mascarpone cheese


1. Preheat oven to 400 and take cheeses out of fridge.
Cut tomatoes length wise and place on cookie sheet (foil lined)
sprinkle sea salt and fresh ground pepper over tomatoes

2. Fill large pot with water, boil. While water is boiling, roast tomatoes for 20 min.  Finely chop green onions (approx 3/4 cups or more)After water boils, add a pinch of salt and splash of olive oil. Add Pasta - boil till al dente - sample until desired texture is achieved.

3. Turn off burner. Drain Pasta well. Put pot back on warm burner and add mascarpone cheese, add pasta to the top of cheese, add tomatoes, green onions, and grated parm cheese. Mix well until everything is incorporated.

Serve and enjoy with hearty grain bread, cut and warm with butter.

"When you buy a handmade piece it is a dialogue that will last a lifetime between you and the pottery, one that you just won't get with an industrially produced piece."

Find out more about William on his facebook page and etsy shop!


  1. Thanks for letting me feature your connection between food and your pottery!

  2. Fantastic review! I'm a Cook fan too. Keep the reviews coming Lisa, we really appreciate the exposure. Etsy team SPA captain Susan ;)


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