Doing his part to reintroduce pottery for daily use, Brian Grossnickle creates beautiful eco-friendly cookware out of micaceous clay, a material with properties making it remarkably well-suited for cooking. The New Mexico native, drawing on over 15 years of pottery experience, produces a wide variety of food-friendly pieces including cook pots, teapots, cups, bowls, and even platters.
The clay used in all the pieces has an extremely high mica content, one of nature’s best conductors of heat. Food cooked in micaceous pottery can stay hot for up to an hour or more after it’s removed from the heating element.
Also setting Grossnickle’s pottery apart, the traditional coil and scrape techniques that he employs were first developed by Apache Indians in New Mexico nearly eight hundred years ago. The creation process is truly raw, requiring only micaceous clay, a plastic scraper, and a bowl of water. With hand-dug clay, no chemicals or additives, and a wood-fired process fueled by local pine trees, Grossnickle’s earthenware is sustainable from start to finish.
The freedom of handbuilding and the unpredictability of the firing process yields beautifully unique pieces, which sells from select galleries in New Mexico and Michigan, or contact him online for more information.