I came across Pottery West when I was given a gift made by them. I was given one of their cups. It was one of the most aesthetically perfect cups I have ever held and I just couldn’t live with only one, so I bought another one and another one and gradually over a number of years I completely fell in love with their philosophy and their care and attention to detail. And it is interesting because when I contacted Matt to ask if he would consider applying that same attention to detail and aesthetic delight – pottery that you want to touch and hold – and he mentioned that he used to be a baker. And I suddenly understood there is a cross over between handling clay and dough, and that possibly out of all the potters that I know they were the best to work with on this project. Understanding balance and weight and how a piece feels in your hand, and that feeling you get when you touch or pick something up is a beautiful thing. And I think with a starter pot it is incredibly important to know how the starter behaves in the pot and know the weight of the pot and know how the formula feels inside. The aim is to get a regular routine that enables you to bake instinctively, not always from a recipe, and part of that is in using equipment that you connect to. Not just the joy of baking but the joy of the process is in touch and I think that our pottery Sourdough Starter Jars are so beautifully balanced, robust and tactile.
For years now I have bought glass or ceramic storage jars from various different companies, for both myself and my students to keep our sourdough starter in, but these Sourdough Starter Jars have been made just for us and they feel so special and beautiful, and are such an incredible quality. I hope you love them as much as I do.
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9.5cm ø (10cm ø including lid)
12.5cm high (13.5cm including lid)
Please note that as the jars are hand-thrown dimensions and capacity may vary.
To wash the pot, simply soak in hot soapy water for an hour and any dried starter will easily wash off. Do not dry with a tea towel because this may contaminate the inside of the pot.
If you would like to learn to bake sourdough bread online with Vanessa please join us at The Sourdough Club