Delicious red ripe tomatoes is what summer is all about to me. Scotts favorite is German Johnson and could probably be mine too. I like a variety of tomatoes and have grown heirlooms of all colors. Tomatoes sliced and put on a long appetizer tray, topped with salt, pepper, fresh basil and drizzled with balsamic vinegar makes a beautiful and scrumptious presentation.
One of the most often question I get asked in our show room is, “What is this used for?” So each year I go through my showroom and determine the many uses of the pottery items I make. Sometimes I get the help of my sister who loves to cook and my mom who actually doesn’t like to cook anymore but has a grand imagination. We pick a tray, platter, or baking bowl and discuss what would compliment the pottery and try to choose something simple to make.
I’ve selected this wonderful appetizer tray that is 14” long and is about 7” across. Food presentation is part of what makes cooking fun. Having that perfect tray, bowl or platter to present your masterpiece is always important to a proud cook. This lovely tray is the perfect size for a small group, and can be reloaded with more delicious appetizers. I usually pair this tray with the recipe card Brochette with Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Cheese One of my favorite appetizers, especially when everything is fresh from the garden.
I hope you enjoy the wonderful dish!
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I am often asked, “How did you come up with this idea?” Funny how ideas come about. This one was from a request of a customer. A few months ago, a customer Teresa, asked if I would be willing to do a Clay Party - Bridal Shower. She wanted to use of the studio to have a bridal shower along with a hands on clay project. "Sounds like a fun idea," I told her. With a little brain storming, I came up with a collaborative piece the bride, her bridesmaids and guests could make together and the sunflower bowl emerged.
I spent a day working through the design process. Many decision had to be made, tried and eliminated. What form to use? What size did the clay need to be? How thick to make the clay slab? Pattern? Yes, a custom pattern had be be drawn and a cardboard template cut-out. Lastly, what textures would look really cool. Fun project! I made four sunflower bowls that day experimenting with different petals, textures and sizes. Fired and glazed them in several colors. Now that I had a sample made, I sent Teresa a photo of the completed piece.
Bridal Shower - Clay Party
We decided the bride would design the piece and each bridesmaid and guest would sign a petal with an inspirational thought. This would be a gift for the bride to keep as a reminder of her special day in pottery country with friends and family.
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