Rooted in historical bread-baking and ceramic practices, this clay bread cloche is a traditional kitchen tool designed to bake delicious, professional quality bread at home. The cloche creates a steamed atmosphere for the dough—similar to a steam-injected oven used in industrial baking—allowing moisture to escape and open the crust at an even pace. The result is perfectly baked bread, finished with a gorgeous, well-developed crust and ideal rise. A sculptural statement piece, the cloche is also handy for storing previously made or purchased bread on your countertop.
Wheel-spun by Isatu Hyde in Shropshire, UK, the piece’s clay body contains a high mica content, making it thermally resistant and suitable for stovetop and oven cooking. Working from a stone outbuilding on a 13th-century farm, Isatu’s practice draws influence from the shapes and forms of West African potters, a tie to her ancestry; as well as Pre-Industrial, European Country, and Medieval pottery. The body of each cloche is made on the wheel with pulled and attached handles. After it's formed, the piece is dried thoroughly and sanded by hand, and finished in a slip made from the same clay.
Made exclusively for Permanent Collection by Isatu Hyde in Shropshire, UK.
Hand wash only with warm water and gentle soap. Dry thoroughly.
Please use caution when using on fragile surfaces.