seems like that would work for more than just mushrooms! awesome!
I had one of these but it got lost somewhere between the east and west coast. Useful, cute, and simple. Perfect.
I like the idea of using local materials such as the local clay you spoke of. I would question impurities and potential contamination issues. Does the stuff have lead, mercury, other heavy metals or chemical contaminants such as roadside herbicides? Can this survive the firing process? Can it get through a food grade glazing?
Awesome! I love butter! I love that keeper!
A butter keeper!
I also think preserves, sealed with wax or fat, would be a good gift in that sort of pottery: orange marmalade under beeswax in a wabi-sabi tea cup, or duck confit in a traditional ceramic crock.
3 - As the container for bulk foods.
Ken Peavey wrote:Mortar and pestle for teas or aromatic oil uses?
Robert Ray wrote:
They have a big fund raiser locally where potters create bowls and they are placed on a table and as you walk through you pick a bowl that catches your fancy and then head for the soup. Always a great success and the money goes to local food banks.
I think it would be great at a farmers market event.
I got interested in the idea of a solar ceramics kiln not long ago, reading about parabolic mirrors and fresnel lenses. Seems like if you can get the sun hot enough to melt glass in seconds, or even concrete in a couple of minutes, you ought to be able to get it hot enough to fire ceramics. But searches have turned up plenty of plans for solar wood drying kilns and nada for solar ceramics kilns. Any thoughts?
Jami McBride wrote:
I have another wonderful do-hicky you can make and sell (I'd love one anyway).
A butter keeper!
Sits on one's counter so beauty is important.
It is for real butter and not substitutes. You can view a vid of a purchased one here:
Maybe fill it with herb butters for your customers.
Joel, that sounds really interesting--and I can't seem to see the diagram you're describing; I wonder if it's because my computer is acting up or if it didn't upload. The materials sound difficult to come by, and of course parabolic mirrors are reasonably easy to hurt oneself with. Still, an interesting project, I think--and especially useful for folks who don't have an endless supply of wood.
marina phillips wrote:
Gee, um, those are all very good questions. The deposit I plan to mine for material is next to a private road on a friend's property that's just as out in the sticks as mine is. So no herbicides or chemicals to worry about. Metals, that's something to consider and I'm sure you can get it tested....but I'm fairly sure that pure clay deposits are generally free of the ones you need to worry about. Glaze is actually a thin layer of glass melted on the surface of the clay, I believe even the melted wood ash glaze would be totally non-porous (unless it's pitted or uneven or something), and I know that it is food safe, so your food wouldn't be touching the clay directly.
marina phillips wrote:
Tiles fit into the idea, but they're kind of a pain, especially when they're big. You have to turn them all the time as they dry so they don't warp and crack all apart. And they take up a lot of horizontal shelf space in a kiln. I'm not against them, but....hmmm..if you threw a flat disk on a wheel and then cut that square, that would compact the clay enough to minimize cracking..maybe...ok sorry I'll stop thinking aloud in the thread.
marina phillips wrote:
Oh wow, yes, ceramic muffin tins would be divine. I have cast iron ones and they're great.
The issue with home grown operations making ceramic bake ware is that you have to supply all kinds of warnings with the product.
The main danger is that if the cook pot is washed and then heated quickly again before all the water evaporates out of it, the boiling water molecules in the walls of your pot will cause it to explode. The water won't penetrate areas where there are glaze, but the bottom of all ceramic things has to be unglazed or it will stick to the shelf on which it's fired. Commercial plates and the like are glazed on all sides, and sit on pointy little "kiln posts" so that only tiny parts of the porous ceramic are exposed.
Explosions = no bueno in a kitchen.
Joel Hollingsworth wrote:
Your conjecture about barges is absolutely right. Before the ISO container or the oil drum, there was the amphora. Amphorae were earthenware, though, not stoneware, unless I'm mistaken. On occasion, an amphora is found full on the bottom of the Mediterranean, having survived not only a shipwreck, but a thousand or more years at the bottom of the sea.
I think an amphora of wine or of olive oil would sell for quite a high price, to the right customer. Especially if the container is beautiful, and the product is high-quality.
I like this idea quite a lot. And the strength and impermeability of stoneware would really come in handy.
Leah Sattler wrote:
I don't know if you would even consider such a thing but I think it fits with the overall idea. as I am sure they have elsewhere there are shops in the area here where you can go in, pick out your ceramic project, paint it and have them fire it adn pick it up at a later date. its fun for kids and grown ups! this would take considerably more input but I think it has potential for considerably more and consistent income in comparison to simply making and selling your own artwork also.
An enviroment that fosters a bit more artsy and or eco feel.... maybe making/incorporateing more useful end products could be a good niche. the shop I have experience in has primarily small figurines and trinkets to choose from. I would have enjoyed being able to purchase and finish things like crocks and storage containers etc......stuff that I could really use.
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