Title: Yamekins, Set of 2
Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 9″ (dimensions are approximate, and yams can be trimmed to fit into baking area)
Following my diagnosis with Hashimoto’s autoimmune condition, I had to revisit my relationship with food preparation. Sweet potato pie and candied yams were some of my comfort food, and without being able to eat grains, butter, eggs, sugar, etc., I resorted to baking yams in foil with a touch of cinnamon. Something was missing, so I put my creativity to work and designed these yam baking dishes I call “yamekins,” like a ramekin only for a single yam. I bake my yams in them covered with a small piece of foil on top, then remove foil & slit the top, add a dash of “pumpkin pie spice” mix and fluff the insides of the yam with a fork then serve. These also can be baked ahead then popped in the fridge (no need for tupperware), then remove top foil and microwave to reheat. Dishes are safe for oven, microwave and dishwasher.
I use the term “pottery” instead of “ceramics,” to describe my work, as the term conjures handmade, more ancient methods of clay work rather than modern or more refined techniques. I want to celebrate the human touch on the clay, and as such, my pottery has an intentionality in the imperfections. Since I have launched my work as a potter after my 2016 name change, this is the ONLY medium that is signed “ND” on the bottom of the work, to honor my legal name Nkechi Diallo. My fine art career in painting, drawing, cut paper, and sculpture began in my teens, and I continue to sign my birth name Rachel Dolezal, or “RD” for those bodies of work, for continuity purposes. Each piece of pottery is hand made, dried, fired, glazed, and re-fired at cone10, which is the hottest kiln. The glazes chosen are food-safe, and these pieces may be used in the oven, microwave, fridge or freezer safely.