I made Taos Square Baker on the potter’s wheel with slab elements. First I throw the walls of the casserole and create a galley where the lid will seat. When the form is stiff enough to take off the bat, I move it to a board and alter it into the shape of a curvy square. A slab floor and handles are attached. Then I stamp a slab of clay with a batik wood block and drape it upside down in the form, allowing it to sink.
I trim the lid to fit the opening of the casserole and attach a sculptural handle. After I bisque fire Taos Square Baker, I stain the top of the lid with iron oxide and glaze the underside in floating blue. Sometimes I leave the underside bare. I use my “Taos” glaze application to decorate the outside of the casserole, dipping half in floating blue and half in copper green to start. I trail some cream where these two glazes meet and then add red gold accents. On the interior, I use the blue with red gold overlap.
Then I fire to 2200 degrees. Yes, you can bake in it! Use it to serve as well.
(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.
Flat bottom. 8W” x 8″D x 2.5″ High.
Use as a baker or a serving dish. It’s decorative and can be left out as display. Makes a great wedding, anniversary, housewarming, or anytime gift!
See also Taos Long Pan