Joy Bridy Gallery


Batter bowls, mugs, and lunch bowls...

These are truly the most used pieces of pottery in my kitchen. Batter bowls come in a few different sizes that stack, and contain everything from waffle batter and the liquids of cake recipes to scrambled eggs on saturday morning. The rims are hollow, giving the illusion of thick and beefy, and providing a comfortable hand grip that also seconds as a spoon rest. Subtle marks of the bourry box wood firing become more familiar over time, and the glazed interiors stand up to heavy use.

Mugs...what can I say? It all depends on what you drink and how you drink it. I strive to make a variety of sizes, big for some and small for others, as well as a variety of handles. Two finger handle grips as well as four finger handle grips, with a few single finger ones for good'll find just the right fit. And the complicated surface, some glazed and some unglazed, will keep you mesmerized for years.

Individual serving bowls are a necessity, and these are sweet personal-sized gems that fit in your cupped two hands nicely. Perfect for soup, ice cream, cereal, dessert of all sorts, know what to do. These are glazed inside and partially on the outside with an ash glaze.

Beach buckets, lunch plates, and vases...

Inspired by beach buckets lying around in the sand while on vacation, I love to use these for harvesting just the right amount of salad makings, herbs for herbed pasta, or flowers for a bouquet. Local basket maker, Anne Bowers, has been teaching me to make lovely handles, too/

Lunch plates are a staple. As I've realized that smaller portions means the chance to go back for seconds, they also make great dinner plates. (Especially for potlucks!) Fired rim to rim, foot to food, the inside surface is glazed with one of my favorite combos, yellow salt and oribe, and the rim and outside are bare clay.

Vases, especially during farmers market season, grace the kitchen table and often the guest room. Where do you place yours? Perfect for a single batch from market or a healthy handful from the garden, they are slightly ovaled at the top.

Lunch bowls, pichers, and tupperware...

The same size as the lunch bowls above, these are another glaze combo favorite, with an oribe splash both in and out that often turns purple.

Pitchers, while old fashioned, are making a comeback. Useful for serving just about any liquid, water at dinner is my favorite habit. This pitcher was fired towards the front of the kiln, and has no glaze on the outside. Subtle writing on the surface interacts with the flames and ash from the firing to create this complicated and mesmerizing surface.

Tupperware, inspired by fellow potter Jody Johnstone, is my response to making stackable, uniform, quick to make pottery that works well in my kitchen. I'm happy to say that I use them all of the time...there's some in the fridge now. All are glazed inside, of course.

Mugs, colanders, and ewers...

A smaller mug, glazed with a shino glaze and fired in a gentle are of the kiln, has a very subtle surface with texture from words. Fits my hand just right, and sold at the Baltimore Clayworks Cups show in 2011.

Colanders or berry bowls are such a lovely addition to kitchen pottery. The designs for the hole patterns are derived from Ernst Haeckel's drawings of radiolarians.

Ewers are basically small pouring vessels, and while I'm often asked what I use them for, I tend to toss the question back at the asker. What do you pour small amounts of in your kitchen? I use them for oil by the stove, different vinegars for salad, or occasionally soy sauce. How about maple syrup warmed up to put on your waffles?

Bottles, jars, and bird houses...

What says pottery more than a bottle or jug? The original water bottle, moonshine carrier, and storage for oils, these bottles serve well. One of my favorite forms to make on the wheel, I just can't get enough of them.

Jars, while quite lovely to look at, are also functional. This larger jar is a bit of a trick jar, as the opening is small on can get the cookies out, but not adults. Smaller jars hold honey and sugar, or whatever suits your needs. This one is spectacularly decorated by ash and flame pattern, a true meditation.

Bird houses, just the right size for the small regulars in your neighborhood, hang gracefully from tree limbs or posts right outside of your window. There was a lovely little sparrow serenading me this summer from the one outside of the studio door. Often glazed, this one with ash glaze, they last long and clean out quickly with a stick.