A colander, a berry bowl, a fruit bowl, or potentially just a bowl with lots of holes in it - to sit on a kitchen shelf, making pretty shadows and looking satisfying to the eye.
I began making this colander by throwing a simple curved bowl on my pottery wheel, from 1kg stoneware clay. I then let it dry for a day before turning the base, punching each hole individually by hand with a metal straw tool, and carving out the handles with a small metal knife. This is the only colander in the set of four I initially made (in The Great Colander Experiment) that has handles of this delicacy and shape - they are finely pulled by hand, and are attached with great care to the form of the bowl. Colander No. 2 also has the most holes out of the set (as you can see from the picture, they are very closely spaced - which was an incredibly satisfying - if time-consuming - task).
*Due to the quantity of the holes punched into the colander, there has been slight organic warping of the rim in the kiln. I do not necessarily see this as a fault of the design, but it is something to consider if you were looking for a perfectly spherical object. The other two colanders (1 and 3), have not warped, due to having fewer holes in the form.
After the colander had dried for a week, I bisque-fired it to just under 1000 degrees. I then embarked on the tricky task of glazing it without all of the glaze settling in the holes - so I went in after the glaze had dried with a toothpick and poked each hole clear of glaze. After a second drying period, I then high-fired it to 1265 degrees, in my classic semi-matte Oatmeal glaze. From the pictures you can see the fine speckle that is expressed when the glaze interacts with the basalt-flecked stoneware. This is a functional glaze and is food-safe.
I cannot speak for the functionality of this piece in terms of its useage as a kitchen utensil. If it were me, I would probably be willing to use it to rinse salad, fruits, or vegetables, but I'd be unlikely to bash potatoes around in it, for example. This isn't to say that it isn't well made, but it is never going to be quite as durable as a metal colander. Basically, I'd recommend light use only.
Made with intention in Bristol <3
Stoneware Colander/Berry Bowl No. 2
Although *theoretically* dishwasher safe, to prolong the lifespan of this colander/berry bowl, I'd suggest hand-washing with warm soapy water. If any staining occurs, due to - say - contact with turmeric or beetroot, the stain can be removed using bicarbonate of soda and warm water.
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