Cook on Clay
About Our Clay Cooking Pots
Cooking From the Heart
Authentic home cooking is a fine art. It may announce its presence in the form of yeasty, garlicky, lemony, peppery aromas wafting from the kitchen or the sounds of chopping, slicing, and laughter. It is what happens in the home kitchen -- the deeply gratifying, universal act of cooking. Cook on Clay flameproof pots are made to order for the home cook. We trust you will love using your clay cookware as much as we did making them. We know food tastes better when cooked in clay. Our flameproof cookware is designed to highlight the pleasures of home cooking. You will taste the difference when you put Cook on Clay pots to work in your kitchen. Cook on Clay pots stand the test of time in your kitchen where they dwell between the fields and your table. Partner with Cook on Clay pots in crafting beautiful and luscious meals.
Utility & Beauty
Cook on Clay flameware cooking pots are made with ”flameproof” clay designed to withstand extreme temperatures. Our pots can go directly from the refrigerator to a hot oven and back again without cracking! They are perfect for the grill, and some of our pots are designed specifically for use on the stovetop. All of our pots are built for durability and performance and intended for everyday use. At Cook on Clay we design our handmade flameproof cookware for slow food aficionados, lovers of fine food, appreciators of quality kitchen tools, home cooks, chefs, and everyone who enjoys the pleasures of cooking and dining. We believe that cooking and serving in handmade pottery brings connection and beauty to the simple act of sharing a meal with family and friends.
Green & Healthy
Cook on Clay is committed to creating pottery that is beneficial to both the environment and the people who use it. Our patented flameware pottery is 100% environmentally safe and non-toxic. Cook on Clay flameware pots are healthy for you and the earth.
- Handmade in America by skilled artisans who work on each piece from start to finish
- Inspired by the spirit of slow food and local food -- made by people who love food for people who love food
- Completely food and human safe
- Made to last for generations
- Flameware pottery holds heat, keeping food warm during mealtime
- Has a durable, non-porous surface that resists scratches
- Does not pit or leach metals or other chemicals into food or the environment
- Fired to 2400 degrees F. in a clean-burning propane-fueled kiln
- Packaged in 100% recyclable and re-useable materials
Cook on Clay flameware pots are microwave and dishwasher-safe and extremely easy to clean. Baked-on foods can be removed by simple scrubbing with soap and water — you will be amazed by how easily foods release from our pots’ surfaces. Don’t be afraid to run your Cook on Clay pots through the dishwasher — it is a great way to remove residual oils. The surfaces of Cook on Clay pots will change through use and over time. This is a natural part of the maturation process, creating a rich patina and history of use.
History of Modern Flameware
Cook on Clay ceramic pottery is made with a high-fire “flameproof” clay body formulated to withstand thermal shock when heated. Other types of clay can be used in the oven, but pots made from flameproof clay can withstand high heat and extreme temperature changes. During the 1950’s and early 1960’s pottery artists Karen Karnes, Mikhail Zakin, and Mary Caroline Richards, along with others including Bill Sax and Ron Probst, were interested in developing high-fire flameware clay bodies. In addition to traditional clay ingredients, spodumene, petalite or pyrophillite (materials also used for tiles on the first space shuttles) was added to ensure the clay would withstand extreme temperature changes without expansion or cracking. Their experiments succeeded and high-fire flameware was born. In addition to being one of the original creators of flameware clay, Karen Karnes is respected as one of the matriarchs of the contemporary American studio pottery movement. Karen and her partner, Ann Stannard are dear friends and mentors of Cook on Clay co-founders Robbie Lobell and Maryon Attwood. During a six-week residency in Karen Karnes’ studio in 2001, Robbie was invited to work first-hand with Karnes’ high-fire ceramic flameware. The following summer, Ann Stannard shared her platter forming techniques with Maryon. Over the next several years, Robbie explored and developed new ideas for flameware cooking pots focusing on utility and a sculptural dynamic to make beautifully designed and constructed cookware. The current Cook on Clay flameware product line is the result of over a decade of development and evolution, and today’s products offer superior performance with a perfect blend of structural integrity, elegance, and beauty.