Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Bill Sax Pottery

Handcrafted Flameware from South Hadley

There's nothing quite like the taste of food cooked slowly in a clay pot.  Based in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Bill Sax’s beautiful, functional  flameware can be used either in the oven or directly over any heat source. From French casseroles, paella dishs, teapots, platters and variously-sized casseroles to covered fry pans and skillets, Sax's pots are works of art that are meant to be used everyday.

Bill Sax says he was inspired by the work of potter Karen Karnes who made a variation on stoneware that could be used over direct heat; what she called “flameproof.” Impressed by its beauty, strength and multi-functionality, he started learning more about the industrial uses of clay and experimenting with different clay bodies. After months of testing, he came up with a recipe that worked which Sax dubbed “flameware.” Today he continues to make flameware pottery as he has since 1954.

Bill Sax is one of only a handful of potters in the country producing clay vessels that can be used over direct heat. Coveted by cooks for their even heat distribution and retention, Sax's flameware is affordable, easy to clean and beautiful on the table.  If you love what you see here or have any questions, please call Pinch at 413-586-4509 or email info@pinchgallery.com.