Robbie LobellWhidbey Island, Washington

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Robbie Lobell is a full-time studio potter living and working on Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest, USA. She is co-founder and co-owner of Cook on Clay. Primarily self-taught, Robbie received continuing education through intensive study with Mikhail Zakin, residencies, and assistantships. She is a mentor and teacher in her Zakin Apprenticeship Program and demonstrates, lectures, and teaches throughout the country and beyond. For the past 15+ years, Robbie has focused her work on designing and producing high-fire flameproof clay cookware.

Lobell’s pots reside in kitchens and on tables around the world. Her flameproof cookware is used by home cooks and award winning chefs. Lobell’s pots are featured in galleries, gourmet food shops, and at culinary events. Her work has been exhibited nationwide and written about in a number of ceramics books and ceramic and food publications. She is a member of NCECA, Slow Food International, American Ceramic Society, Washington Ceramic Association, Whidbey Island Grown, and on the Studio Potter Board of Directors.

I have focused my work the last 15+ years on using flameware for designing and producing flameproof cookware. While each pot I make is to be strictly utilitarian with structural integrity, I seek a sculptural presence for each pot from the kitchen to the table. I strive to express a fullness of form with a promise of what is within.

I am enamored with the endless possibilities and challenges inherent in making cooking pots. The way a spoon scoops out food so as not to be impeded by a protrusion of the lid gallery; the weight and fit of a lid during rapid boil; the lift of the sides of the pot for perfect braising. And because of the many considerations required in designing and making my clay cookware, I am engaged in thoughts of cooking methods, local foods, international recipes, and tabletop culture.

Borrowing from centuries of tradition and adding simple modern design elements, I make pots to partner with cooks in the deeply gratifying act of cooking.