Stoneware series Firepot was in 1976 the result of a request from Royal Copenhagen for a dinner set that could go directly from the freezer into the oven and continue onto the dining table. The women had started working, so the preperation and serving of the evening meal should be easy and manageable. Previously there had not been succes in producing bowls and dishes that could cope with the extreme changes in temperature, but the dinner set Firepot would be the first to do so.
Firepot was produced in cordierite, which is a magnesium mineral that has a very low thermal expansion and therefore is very suitable for changes in temperature. The material could not be glazed and therefore remained unglazed, which Grethe thought was beautiful. As new Firepot appeared pure and organic, but through repeated use it was given a raw look with a golden, almost black patina.
Grethe studied carefully how Ildpots parts should to be designed for optimal utilization of space in the consumers oven. She even tested all the parts in her own kitchen to ensure that they were all fully functional.
There were 25-30 different items: pots, lids, dishes, bowls – All could be put on the stove, go in the freezer, be placed in the oven and then directly on the table.
At first sales the stoneware went quite well despite the high price, but then came the aluminum foil trays and covered the needs of the consumer as well as it could be discarded after use.
Grethe was for Firepot honored with the ID Prize in 1976.
Firepot was in production at Royal Copenhagen from 1976 and about 10 years forward. It is still today a sought-after classic that is hard to get hold of in the antique market.
Firepot is not in production today.