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The Path by Jane Herold

SP Staff
May 5, 2016

Jane Herold. Plates, 2015. Photographs by Signe Birck. Food by Bryce Shuman of Betony.The current issue on "Sustainability" features an article by Jane Herold, who has been making wheel-thrown, wood-fired dinnerware and other pottery for over thirty years in Palisades, New York. Jane was Michael Cardew’s last apprentice, and thus, a uniquely direct lineage to one of modern studio pottery's founding fathers. Over the years, utility and food have been central to her work.  They continue to be, but now in new ways. She says,

My definition of “useful” keeps evolving. I’ve long believed that a pot’s true usefulness lies in its ability to generate caring, to inspire a cook to greater effort, to offer comfort and company in a cup of tea, to cause someone to pause and take note of a particular moment on a particular day. In other words, to alter people’s consciousness, however subtly. Over the last three years, however, I’ve been making dishes for restaurants in collaboration with chefs, and my point of view has changed. And left me with a dilemma.

Herold's article "A New Definition of Useful," from Vol. 33, No. 2, June 2005, is in some ways a preface to her current issue article. We recommend reading both, which will give you plenty of food for thought, and thoughts about food. We also recommend this Youtube video of Jane working in her Palisades, New York, studio. 

We are continuing to add publicly viewable articles to each issue page on our site.  You can help us further develop our digital archive by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Gerry Williams Commemorative Digital Archive Fund. If you have a request for an article you'd like to see posted online, not only in the page-turning (PDF) version of an issue, let us know

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