With the vague idea of importing bean pots for resale on the website, I've been really going through all my pots and assessing their virtues. I really have never met a clay pot I didn't like, but I enjoy pretending to be objective.
This pot was part of the crop that my friend Christopher Ann brought back from the Texas border. It's very big and really needs an entire pound of beans to do it's thing. Originally, like a lot of things from Mexico, it had a strong soap perfume smell to it. I soaked it overnight in cold water, followed by filling it with water and smashed garlic until the water almost evaporated and then I left outside for two days. Now the smell is neutral and I hope to really break it in this week and make it now that beans are its master!
I think it looks great. It looks a bit glossier in the photo than in real life and I think it will look really good on a barbecue this summer.