I am also an avid cook. So when I’m in the studio, I often make with food in mind. Drinking, eating and serving. (If I was a knitter, I guess I would be making yarn bowls, but alas, that is not a talent). When at my wheel, I visualize how the food will work and look with each form.
When throwing a serving bowl, I think about what people will serve from it – mashed potatoes, peas, a pasta salad? What can I make to best show off my Italian fried chicken? Do I leave a large rim for garnishes? Will this be used for everyday, or special occasions?
The decisions are not just about function, but even more importantly, about celebrating the food and those who grew and prepared it. A lot of people put a lot of work into growing those vegetables or raising that lamb in a humane way. There is no reason the final dish should not be served on a dish that celebrates that hard work. So the artistic flair and color choice are also factors. I choose colors that will compliment food, not detract. I choose shapes that are strong, but don’t distract. So when the work comes out of the kiln, it is time for Bon Appetite!