Two days ago we had a cool and rainy day (which lasted all day) and I had the biggest hankering for soup! I am totally a soup person. I could have it at any meal and am genuinely excited when soup is on the menu. Soup also appeals to my emotions and since it was a rainy and gloomy day, soup was on my mind! One of my favorite things about fall and winter, aside from the change in leaves, is the cool weather that comes and the smell of soup cooking on the stove. I have loved my first summer in New England so I am in no way wanting to rush the end of summer, just happily anticipating the turning of seasons! Anyhow, because of the rain I was wanting a nice bowl of soup to warm me up. I looked through the ingredients I had on hand to see what I could make and decided to make a different version of Minestrone. My mom makes a mean pot of minestrone soup and I thought of her while I was in the kitchen preparing it! Of course I am only cooking for two, but I just had to use my Mark Fitzgerald soup tureen!
One of my favorite things about pottery is the fact that it can be both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Who wouldn’t want to eat soup out of this tureen? Cooking is a whole other art in itself. Both of my parents are great cooks and I would like to think I am following right behind. I love to cook. Maybe this is because it is another form of “creating”. I would say that food and pottery have a long history together. Part of making a nice meal is completing it though presentation. What better way is there to do that than through nice dishes and serving pieces? As my own throwing skills improve and I am able to handle more amounts of weight on the wheel, I want to be able to throw large pieces like this tureen with the same precision and skill as Fitzgerald.