Now that is one lumpy looking pot!
But in a cool way, right? Kind of gorgeously organic in a style that speaks to us here at the start of the 2020s, when we all want to be kinder to the planet and be seen to be doing our bit.
‘Gorgeously organic’, hey? That could also describe my cack-handed pottery efforts at school.
The fact is, these not only work but they’ve got a real story behind them. Sold by Tiipoi, a London product design studio, the Longpi collection of Karipots and Karipans is named for the tiny North East Indian village where they’re made by young artisans, trained by local master craftsman Mathew Sasa; these guys are mostly school dropouts who’ve found new purpose through traditional craft.
And the results are green, you say?
Extremely! Partly it’s because they’re so simple, made from local serpentine stone and clay dredged from the nearby Shungvi Kong river. This is then shaped and burnished using improvised tools, fired on an open bonfire and smoked in sawdust, giving each pot its distinctive black colouring. The end results are sealed, almost as if they’ve been given a glaze, which, of course, they have not.
And that’s important why?
Because it means they’ll have zero environmental impact if you decide to bury them at the end of their natural life. Ditto the fact that they lack any chemical coatings, like the PFOA used in the Teflon. That doesn’t mean they’ll quickly end up a crusty, food-caked mess, though: they’re naturally non-stick and will preserve your ingredients’ oils and flavours.
Non-stick, but also quite breakable, I’m guessing?
Of course – but think of it as a good thing. Many of the problems with plastics, after all, revolve around the simple fact that they’re not.
They’re all undeniably wobbly shapes, mind.
Like so-called ‘ugly’ veggies! But it’s these natural imperfections make them more human and approachable than most kitchenware; indeed, as they’re made to order in small batches, with an edition number on the base, there’s much that’s lovably human about them.
Then pick between two different pots, a roasting pan and a pair of serving bowls, designed to be used on the hob or in the oven, and perfect for one-pot dishes. Best of all? They stay hot for longer than other pots – ideal for that greedy guts who will no doubt want seconds.
Longpi Karibowls range from £19, with the largest Karipots at £79 and a cookware set at £179. For more, tiipoi.com