JT Baker


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I made JT Baker on the potter’s wheel with an iron bearing stoneware clay that fires out toasty brown.  First I throw the bowl portion of the baker/casserole, creating a galley where the lid will seat.  Next I measure the diameter of the bowl with calipers and throw the lid to fit that diameter.

When the two parts of the baking dish are not quite leather hard, I trim each part and then make two small handles for the bowl and one chunky handle for the lid from twisted clay.  For the final touch, I craved a sun motif in the top of the lid.  And then I allow the piece to dry fully so it can be bisque fired.  Now that the piece is bisqued and has become ceramic, I wax the galley and the rim of the lid which will resist glaze from sticking.   I want to fire the lid and the bowl together and I don’t want glaze to fuse them together.

For this piece, I started the decoration by rubbing red iron oxide over the exterior of the piece.  Next I dipped the lid into a red gold  just over the sun design.  The red gold breaks over carving and texture and this will make the sun pop!  I also lined the interior of the bowl with the same red gold.  For exterior of the bowl. I dipped just the upper 1/4 of the bowl in red glaze and then dipped 1/2 of that area again in a green glaze.  I want the two to meld.  This is a glaze technique I’ve been calling “Joshua Tree”  or “JT” for short, mainly because the colors reference the Joshua Tree National Forest.

Finally I load JT Baker in the kiln and I fire to 2200 degrees.

Yes, you can bake in it!  Use it to serve as well.  It will help to keep food warm longer.

It has a trimmed foot. Bowl is 7.25″ Diameter x 3.5″ High

1-quart capacity

(Note:  When reheating leftovers from the fridge, allow the casserole to come to room temperature before placing in a pre-heated oven.  Or, place the cold casserole in a cold oven and warm the two up together.