Sunday, May 4, 2014

Flowers (Pottery, and Wood-Fired Pizza) - P52 and 52 Week Photo Challenge 2014 - Week 18

Yesterday, my sister (Mary), Sophia, Olivia, and I spent the afternoon doing the artOPENer tour along the St. Croix River.

We visited eight of the eleven studios which featured a variety of mediums including glass, jewelry, painting, pottery, and sculpture. My favorite ones were the pottery studios - especially Spiritworks Pottery in Stillwater, Minnesota, and Zac Spates Pottery in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Flowering branches in vases at Spiritworks Pottery in Stillwater.

Both of these potters make handmade dishes. At some point in my life, I would like to reduce the number of mis-matched plates, cups, and bowls we use and invest in a set of handmade plates, bowls, and cups. Just one set per person...and maybe a few spare pieces just in case one breaks.

We have some hand-sculpted bowls that we use to put small meals, cereal, or fruit in. There is just something about eating food from hand-crafted pieces that make the meal more special.

At any rate, while we were at Zac Spates Pottery, they had their wood-fired oven going and a table filled with pizza-making ingredients.

Olivia, Sophia, and my sister (Mary) at the table with the pizza ingredients.

They invited us to make our own pizzas that they would bake in the oven.

The wood-fired oven ready for baking pizzas.

Zac created this oven and the interior has clay that he placed around a sand mound in order to create the shape.

My pizza in the oven baking.

The fire was started at 9:00 a.m. and by mid-afternoon it was about 500 degrees in that oven. Needless to say, the pizza was baked and ready to eat in less than five minutes.

Sophia watching her pizza bake in the oven.

Seeing the wood-fired oven in action made me want to build one of these in the backyard even more.

One of the finished pizzas.

I think of how nice it would be to use the oven and then open it up to others who want to make pizza or bake a loaf or two of bread in the oven. It would be a way to building community and developing friendships around a common interest: healthy food.

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