Tender’s chocolate pot is hand thrown in England from natural red clay dug in England. It is slipped with natural white English clay, and glazed with metal salts. The two side handle is constructed by hand, and its shape is styled after those of 18th Century chocolate pots.
Throwing pots by hand involves drawing the desired form up from a single solid spinning lump of clay. Tender’s Master Potter works the clay directly with his bare hands, so each piece is unique and bears the marks of his fingers and thumbs. Rather than casting the handles from slip (watered down wet clay), which would enable uniform and quick mass-production, they are traditionally hung. This involves squeezing a lump of solid clay out into a strip which the potter allows to hang through his fingers, creating a naturally pleasant shape to hold.
Chocolate was a fashionable drink all over Europe in the 1700s, but nowhere more than in France. Pots with a protruding handle at the side allowed chocolate to be slowly melted into hot milk, and then for the resulting drink to be poured elegantly, from the side. Please bear in mind that this hand-made pottery should be washed by hand, and is not suitable for microwaves, ovens, or dishwashers.