Thanks to Workshop Residence, a San Francisco organization that pairs visiting artists with local manufacturers, sculptor Gay Outlaw and woodworker Bob Schmitz undertook a foundry project in a material that was new to both: cast iron. Their long journey resulted in a Dutch oven that blurs the line between art and utility. It’s at the top of all our wish lists.
Above: Outlaw Schmitz Cast-Iron Dutch Ovens are available with a rounded or squared bottom and lid. They each hold three quarts and are $180 each, or $340 for the pair, at Workshop. (N.B. The duo are taking orders for their second batch, which is expected to be ready on December 17, with more to follow.)
Above: The cast-iron lids have a wood-grain pattern.
Above: Each Dutch oven comes lightly oiled with canola oil and requires preseasoning, by being heated in a oven for three hours before use.
Above: The pots are cast in sand in small batches at AB&I Foundry in Oakland, California, and are made of 99 percent recycled iron.
Above: The bottom of the Outlaw Schmitz Dutch Oven proudly states its roots.
Cast-iron cookware is having a renaissance. See:
- Traditional Cast-Iron Skillets
- 10 Easy Pieces: Oven to Table Cookware
- Iron Man, Jasper Morrison
- Object Lessons: Lodge Cookware
- Object Lessons: The Great Japanese Cast-Iron Kettle
Finally, get more ideas on how to evaluate and choose your kitchen range or oven in our Remodeling 101 Guide: Kitchen Ranges & Ovens.