“Because I needed one…”
Judith Motzkin has been working with clay since 1973 making her flame painted pots and mixed media assemblage, installations and other projects. She made a BreadPot in 2010 because she needed one, having fallen for the slow, no knead bread method and lacking the perfect baking vessel. Through a call to friends on Facebook, Judy found willing testers, sent each a prototype BreadPot and asked for feedback. Each tester was made a contributor to the blog Breadbakers.blogspot.com through the first year. “I love the iterative process of designing, testing, redesign in clay, the satisfaction of practice through production, and the opportunity to mentor younger potters.” Brenna McBroom, Dave Custodio, Ned Levering, Grace Archambeault, each had a turn to learn while helping to make the BreadPots. There is nothing like practice.
To see Motzkin’s other work go to motzkin.com.
Introducing breadpots.com video by our intern: Sneha Dasgupta
The BreadPot is an elegant covered baking pot, designed for baking no knead bread. They are hand-made on the potter’s wheel using stoneware. The dense brick like high fired clay holds heat, giving the effect of baking in a brick oven. The integrated handles are safe for handling while hot. Some of them have a recipe, quote about bread or painted decoration added. Each BreadPot is unique, made by hand in the studio in Cambridge, MA and fired to 2350F in a gas kiln in Wellfleet on Cape Cod.