Terry Silverman's Clever Cookware

Flameware is for the creative cook



Flameware from Terry Silverman and The Pottery Works

Courtesy photo

Hand-thrown, beautiful and safe to use in the oven and on the stovetop — this ceramic cookware is a cook’s dream. Flameware, as it’s called, is crafted by artisan Terry Silverman of Fitzwilliam.

Silverman has been making functional flameware cookery in his studio, The Pottery Works, since 1977. He has an unusual technique that was developed in the late ’60s when people were looking for healthier cooking pans. It’s a challenging, 50-step process. He mixes clay from raw materials in an old commercial bread mixer, throws or hand-builds a piece, and, when the raw clay is bone dry, he glazes it and then fires it in his very hot (as in 2,450 degrees), 130-cubic-foot, downdraft kiln.

The pieces are available with one basic glaze color — a warm neutral — contrasted with a clear glaze on the inside that reflects the color of the clay. The hands and heart of the potter can be seen in the finishing touches: the flare of the lid handle, the serendipity of the glazes as they melt in the kiln.

Flameware is resistant to scratching, and Silverman makes pieces that range from lasagna pans to covered casseroles to several sizes of frying pans. The pottery offers a smooth cooking surface that retains heat to keep food warm. It’s versatile too — sauté with a skillet on the stove, and then pop it in the oven for additional cooking time.

Pieces can be found online or in store at New England Everyday Goods in Jaffrey and Glorious Possibilities in Nashua. Prices range from $40 to $240.

More NH artisans you might be interested in

Gigi Laberge's Fire and Glass

The Henniker glass artist creates landscapes and jewelry.

Karen Orsillo's Porcelain Patterns

The layered clay in Orsillo's work creates intricate designs.

Donna Zils Banfield Turns Simple Bowls into Works of Art

The Derry woodturner's vessels would bring flair to any home.

Mauli McDonald's Rustic Wreaths

Sunapee artist Mauli McDonald juggles lots of projects, but don't miss her delicately taxidermied wreaths.

The Cottage Industry Art of Snackerty Hollow

Patricia Woodbridge of Barnstead creates intricate miniature houses you can use to decorate your full-sized version.

Far Out Bubbles is a Blast from the Past

A simple summer pleasure returns thanks to this Keene-based bubble business.

Tim Campbell Finds Laughs in the Past

The Keene-based folk artist creates quirky works that are part Picasso, part Grandma Moses.
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. Guide to the best sledding hills in NH
    We have tips on finding the best hills, great sleds from the plastic to the high-tech, tubing...
  2. Cabonnay's Culinary Promise
    A new dining experience is almost here.
  3. Pets Are People Too
    Maybe pets aren’t actually people, but they can become beloved members of the family — and...
  4. The Art of Stone Walls
    Stone walls are iconic markers of New Hampshire’s past, but the art of stacking stone is far...
  5. New Hampshire's Winter Greens
    A Loudon farm is leading a farming revolution.
  6. Crafting a Future
    One way to escape from prison is to dig a tunnel through rock and soil with a purloined kitchen...
  7. Blind Ambition
    Three colleges commission their troupes this month to stage an epic trilogy.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags