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.

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