Rowe Pottery began over 35 years ago as a one man potter’s studio in Cambridge, WI. We have grown since then but the hands that shape our pottery are still that of local artist’s who have a passion for their craft.
Meet Ric Lamore~
For Ric, there was no other way of life but through the arts. Drawing consumed most of his time as a child and he pursued this love by attending Framingham State College and received a BA in Art Education. He began his career as a teacher at the Worcester Crafts Center where he could inspire other young people to have a passion for art. He left teaching to work for many private potters in the New England area for over 15 years. He moved to Wisconsin in the early 80’s and began his career as a production potter for Rowe Pottery in 1982. He has over 30 years of production pottery experience but his love for his craft continues after hours as well, as he owns his own studio, Broadwing Clay Studio, creating specialty high fired functional stoneware.
I just wanted to share these fresh displays from our Cambridge store with you on this lovely Monday to help you to get your brain processing creatively. We are already getting in new and enlivening merchandise for Spring! Brent Zubke, our Retail Store Manager, has the ability to create a soothing yet inspirational environment in our store through the use of parring our pottery with unique and varying gift elements. See for yourself…
Despite the fact that our beloved Green Bay Packers didn’t make it to the super bowl this year, doesn’t mean I won’t still be celebrating a season well-played with super bowl treats. This recipe was quick, simple and guaranteed to be a touchdown for your team… pun intended.
Here’s what you need:
3/4 Cup Butter- softened
1/2 Cup Confectioner Sugar
1 1/2 Cups All- Purpose White Flour
1 10-12 Ounce Package Vanilla Milk Chips
1/4 Cup Whipping Cream
1 8 Ounce Package Cream Cheese- softened
Fruit Array- I used Strawberries, Blueberries, Kiwis & Bananas
Platter- I used the Avignon Platter from the chip n’ dip set in Sage (13″dia).
Let’s get to it!
Preheat oven to 350˚ & grease platter with cooking spray to prevent sticky crumbs.
Beat butter and confectioners sugar until light and fluffy; once smooth, blend in flour.
Press crust mixture onto bottom and sides of platter. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned; cool completely.
Prepare Vanilla Filling~
In a microwave safe bowl, microwave vanilla chips and whipping cream at HIGH 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Beat in cream cheese. Spread on cooled crust; chill.
There are a couple of ways to prepare the fruit topping. First, slice all of your desired fruit into thin, 1/4″, slices. Arrange this fruit in any pattern your heart desires on top of the vanilla filling. I enjoy it just like this, but if you prefer sweeter; combine a 1/2 cup of sugar, 2 tbsp. cornstarch, 1 cup pineapple juice, and 1 tsp. lemon juice in bowl, then drizzle over
arranged fruit topping.
Either way you pick it, this dessert will look and taste like you spent hours on it! Enjoy the game!
Wisconsin winters can at times be a bit lackluster in the color department. This can be tough to stomach if you’re like me, and constantly crave punches of bright and bold hues. I find it necessary to give myself jolts of color this time of the year through any means necessary, so I rifled through several recipes of mundane toned pies until I came across a family recipe for Strawberry Pie. I knew I had found the cure to my craving! It’s gorgeous color makes for a perfect dessert around Valentine’s day, and blends in with existing decor, such as my “family is forever” RPW Salt Glaze Pie Plate. It’s a pretty simple recipe, yet the best part is, it’ll become a favorite in the household guaranteed.
Here’s how I went about it:
1 Stick Butter
1 Cup Flour
2 Tbsp Sugar
*Tip: Spray your RPW Salt Glaze Pie Plate with cooking spray to prevent sticky crusts.
Mix together crust ingredients. Press crust mixture into RPW pie plate.
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Water
3 Tbsp Corn Starch
*Tip: Mix cornstarch and sugar first and add water for no lumps.
Stir together and then bring to boil. Keep stirring.
Remove from heat and stir in 3 tbsp strawberry Jell-O dissolved.
Cool to lukewarm. Pour half into baked pie shell.
Meanwhile, wash and halve strawberries.
Arrange fresh strawberry halves and cover with remaining filling.
Before you begin, I just want to clarify that by no means am I a Susie home maker type. I am just someone who enjoys challenging myself to jump in to new projects that spur creativity and enjoyment. This one I found myself loving, as I was able to conjure up escapades and humorous stories from my school bus riding days while making this cake. If I can do it, I know you can.
Here are a list of ingredients I used:
2 Banana Bread Box Mixes
1 White Vanilla Frosting
1 Lemon Frosting
6 Tbl. Vegetable Oil
Yellow Food Coloring
Decorative Gel for Cakes in Black, Blue, Red
Mini Vanilla Wafer Cookies
I used two 9″ loaf pans from Rowe Pottery, lightly greased. Mix the banana bread ingredients together, which I’m not too proud to admit was from a box this time, pour in the bread mix evenly distributed between the pans, and set the two loaf pans in the oven.
After they are in the oven, set your temperature to 375 degrees. It’s always a good idea to preheat the pottery with the oven to prevent shocking and cracking the pottery. After a quick 40 minutes, the bread was ready to cool, and smelled fabulous!
While the bread was baking, I entertained myself by decorating mini Nilla wafers with faces. I just used the decorating tubes of colored gel available at any super market. I put these into the fridge to harden up and prevent smooshed faces. I also added yellow food coloring to lemon frosting, making it a realistic shade of school bus yellow.
When the bread is cooled and out of the pans, you’ll have some carving to do. Take one loaf, and cut the top rounded portion off of the loaf, and a sliver of the slant off both long sides so you get a pretty straight sided rectangle. This will be your bottom part of the bus. To attach it to a serving platter, take a bit of frosting and spread on the bottom of the loaf to act like glue and prevent it sliding out of control. Now take the second loaf and cut from the end 3-4 inches, and the slanted sides again. Attach this to your bottom loaf with frosting in between the loaves.
Now frost the entire cake in white frosting. This is a good foundation before adding the yellow, and also makes your windows in the bus. I recommend doing this part in air conditioning. I had some difficulty when the frosting kept wanting to ooze out and off the cake and refrigerated it for a half hour before applying the yellow layer.
Now all you have to do is add the yellow layer to the body of the bus, and add your details with candies and decorative gel! I used cherry sours for lights and gum drops for the stop sign and front lights. It helps to insert tooth picks into the candies then into the cake so they’re more secure and don’t drop off your gooey frosting. Oreo cookies make the tires, and the vanilla wafer kiddies are added into the window in any particular order. I found these adorable candle balloons that I couldn’t pass up to add some additional excitement to the ride.
Here is the finished product! Hope you have as much fun with it as I did!
To my bewilderment, Fall is steadily bearing down on us here at Rowe Pottery as we start to get into the 4th quarter holiday spirit. This “spirit” is a dizzying jumble of holiday events, new product launches, at a non stop sprint to the finish line as we focus in on December 25th, and hope there’s no major hurdles along the way.
Not wanting to rush past the Fall season too quickly, we think there’s no better way to slow things down, even for an evening, and enjoy the first cool breezes, a few early falling leaves, and the store isles annually decorated in a confetti of primary colors that only convey one message; it’s back to school for all the kiddies!
To stir the excitement of heading back to school, Rowe Pottery is having a Back to School Bake Ware Event with 25% Off bake ware items online! This includes the loaf pans I used to make this cheerful little school bus cake, complete with a replica of the good humored bus driver I grew up with. Thank you from Rowe Pottery to anyone involved in education and for the patience you display! May you always keep your sense of humor. View this link for instructions on how to make your own school bus cake:
June 12-13 was the 19th Annual Potteryfest in Cambridge, WI. Despite the dreary weather, spirits ran high as potters from around the states gathered to display their unique wares. RPW’s own Ric Lamore, Broadwing Clay Studio, WI, and Glen Cutcher, glencutcher.com, WI, were among the many talented ceramic artists that exhibited. Here are a few pictures from the festival, including one of the throw down exhibition (Ric Lamore pictured in center). This annual event is held in June at Lake Ripely Park. If you weren’t able to drop by this time, be sure to put in on your calendars for 2011. Big things are sure to happen, as Potteryfest will celebrateit’s 20th Anniversary!