Robbie Lobell and Maryon Attwood believe their Cook on Clay Studio in Coupeville on Whidbey Island is creating pots and platters that are both practical and artistic. They are excited about educating cooks about the value of using “flameproof” clay pots that can go directly from the refrigerator to a hot oven and back again without cracking. Cook on Clay, LLC is a 100% woman-owned business
What is especially exciting for Robbie and Maryon at this time is that their Cook on Clay Studio has been nominated for the Martha Stewart 2013 American-Made Audience Choice Awards. American-Made winners will be honored at an event in New York City for innovation and excellence in their field and will receive $10,000 in addition to other awards. Cook on Clay is competing against several hundred entrants for this award. Robbie points out, “If we win, Whidbey Island wins,” since Cook on Clay collaborates with several small businesses on the Island.
Fans can cast a vote for Cook on Clay by pressing a link on their website beginning August 26: www.cookonclay.com
Robbie and Maryon had a studio in Connecticut for many years. In 2005, they decided to look for a place on the West Coast that would provide the space they needed. A friend of theirs on Whidbey Island invited them to come for a visit, and while visiting, they discovered a home for sale that had everything they wanted.
Today, Cook on Clay has two locations, two kilns, a production facility in Coupeville, and a full product line of 12 flameware cooking pots, an active ecommerce site, and a few direct brick-and-mortar sales venues. . The pots and platters are environmentally safe and perfect for slow cooking.
Robbie and Maryon used to make about 300 handmade pots a year, most priced at over $200. In 2012, Cook on Clay sold almost 750 pots to a small but national market. The production goal for 2013 is 2,000 pots. These pots are as beautiful as the original handmade ones, but sell for half the price.
Robbie and Maryon have also developed one of the few apprenticeship programs in the United States for young people to learn about becoming potters and creating a successful business. They currently have two people who are participating in the two-year program: Jordon Jones from Washington and Clovy Tushia from Colorado.
To place your vote and to find out more about the products sold by Cook on Clay, visit their website or their Facebook page.