Thursday, June 9, 2011

Porcelain Jazz

cup and saucer
"Handmade dishes make our daily lives more enjoyable and bring that sense of special occasion into our routine lives. " Porcelain Jazz  

Cecily Maples of Porcelain Jazz creates functional pottery from stoneware clay in Lubbock, Texas. She was born in Japan where her father was an American consul.  Her mother was an avid collector of folk craft. She also creates jewelry from porcelain clay.

I love the response Cecily gave when I asked her about her relationship between food and pottery.  "When it comes to festive gatherings, choosing handmade items help to create and recall memories. We all long for strong emotional associations with those we love. I've heard of families fighting to inherit the milk pitchers used on the table when they were children." 

Her recipe: Cecily's Delicious Slaw 
Ingredients:dependent on what's at the grocery...

1/2 head medium size cabbage (Slawed with a knife)
1 package julienned carrots
1package julienned broccoli stalks
1 bunch of green onions (optional)
1 can crushed pineapple (its better with fresh pineapple if you can find it)
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 1/2" piece Fresh Ginger (grated)
Walnuts (to taste)
1/2 box raisins or a package of craisins or both
1 bottle Bragg's Ginger & Sesame Salad Dressing


Using a large kitchen bowl (I use a really big metal one that gives me tossing room) dump in your slawed cabbage, carrots, broccoli, green onions, walnuts and raisins/craisins. Toss until thoroughly mixed. Then put the mixture into your stoneware salad bowl (or a glass bowl). Don't use metal, plastic or low fire ceramics for the marinating stage. You need a bowl that is non-reactive with acids and that means glass or high fire ceramics. Nice thing about a bowl like that is it can usually double up as your serving bowl as well.

In a mixing bowl mix crushed pineapple with juice, garlic, ginger, and salad dressing. Pour this mixture over your slaw in the salad bowl, cover and refrigerate for about 24 hours. It gets better the longer it marinates so I usually make a big batch and eat on it all week.

waterfall bowl
She likes to serve her slaw in one of her beautiful Waterfall Bowls -  

Her pottery is food, oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. She pays attention to detail glazing her bottoms to reduce the amount of scratchy surface coming in contact with one's furniture. Her work is mainly hand thrown.

Find out more about Porcelain Jazz by visiting her etsy shop; her facebook page or 
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  1. Thanks for being a featured potter with a food and pottery connection! I love your cup and saucer best because of the detail with the flowers - really nice...

  2. Beautiful work! I know food looks great in those pieces. Look forward to these posts Lisa.

  3. Lisa, Thanks so much for the post on your food and pottery blog. It is beautifully done! Will look forward to more of your posts in the future.

  4. These are so beautiful! My parents have some pots I'd be willing to fight for.


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