Turn your oven into the ideal environment for bread baking with our handcrafted clay cloche. Allow your dough to rise in the vessel, then transfer to the oven and bake until crusty. Made in Virginia since 1977. Sized for rising and baking the common three-cup bread recipe. (
This unglazed clay cloche is a simple yet useful tool for experienced and novice bread makers alike. First, raise your dough under the dome-shaped cloche (which means “bell” in French), then transfer the vessel to the oven. Just like brick, the clay creates steam—an essential element for creating a rustic crust. When not in use for baking bread, the cloche can be a place to keep dried goods at hand, such as onions or potatoes.
During production, the cloche is first pressed from moist clay then carefully hand-finished to uniform smoothness before being placed in the kiln. The vitreous clay body is made with a variety of clays sourced from Florida and Tennessee. The Virginia-based ceramics makers developed the cloche design after years of conversations with several bread baking enthusiasts.
When the ceramics studio first launched in 1977, their production processes were inspired by early American pottery techniques. Each piece is handmade by a small team of artisans, making it unique.
Do not soak the cloche in water (which may result in cracking). You do not need to wet the vessel before use. Allow the cloche to cool down after baking before washing by hand and drying directly after washing. Do not use on stovetop burners or in the broiler.
Many bakers treat their cloche with neutral vegetable oil before each use, allowing the piece to develop an artisanal patina over time.
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