Today we’d like to introduce you to Miriam Kattumuri.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Miriam. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was shocked when my glucose test came back positive in 2008 while pregnant with my first child. I was young and seemingly healthy and this diagnosis took me aback.
Disappointed yet determined, I wanted to know what was causing my body not to produce enough insulin. I always thought I was eating right – balanced home cooked meals made from scratch — most of the time — so what could be causing this…? I was even more careful after the diagnosis but the diabetes only got worse—towards the end of my pregnancy I was injecting insulin everyday, at least twice a day.
When we don’t have all the answers clearly in front of us, we pray, and that’s what I did I prayed for guidance and wisdom to eliminate this completely. Answers to prayers could come any time of the day or… night. After the birth of my son, when he was about 8-9 months old, I started getting clear dreams between 3-4 am of making cooking pots from clay, pure clay and just clay without any chemical additives. The ideas flooded in, images, descriptions… I had to wake up and take notes.
It was then I started the research… “the importance of cookware”, “the connection between cookware and the food you eat”. “What is the best cookware and why?” The resulting information/revelation was astounding. Being a naturalist and an environmental steward all my life I was thrilled to find on my research that cookware made from natural clay was far better in every way to what was currently available in the market. But to be truly beneficial the cookware had to be made from pure, All-Natural clay without the use of ANY contaminants.
It made so much sense… The nutrient rich earth that grows our food must also be used to cook it!
I did the Alkaline baking soda test on all my cookware and was shocked to taste how much junk we were ingesting from the pots… Research on nutritional value showed gross depletion when cooked in those pots.
I had to get my hands on them!
A thorough market research showed that while there were a few people making clay pots, there was no one taking the necessary steps to ensure the purity of the clay and there was no guarantee that it was made without ANY additives. It was then I felt the strong urging to take up this great task!
With a year old baby in hand I decided to travel the world to a place where people still cook food in clay. I was astonished to meet and see people in clay- cooking communities living so much healthier than our own. It was my job now to bring this home.
I was determined from the beginning that if I were to ever make these pots, it would be in the USA. Although I had no idea how or where, or even where I was going to get this high quality pure clay. My people and I deserve to enjoy a healthier life and I was going to do my part in making sure of that!
Having worked with great potters and learned the skill of working with natural clay, I gratefully said goodbye to India and returned to Boston MA.
With only an unquenchable determination to weigh me down, I set about making the tools, doing a thorough geographic research to source the clay, testing the clay, modifying machinery and forming jigs for precision. Innovating and testing methods of clay preparation, processing, making, finishing, firing, to yield a product untouched by chemicals, additives or contaminants typically used in almost all making methods of cookware. In this process, I had the privilege of meeting some very great people to whom I am forever grateful for their help, support and guidance.
There were a countless number of roadblocks along the way, one of the biggest was the rare visitations of the ‘diminished will’ because of the mounting up of problems/challenges without any solution in sight. Persistence however had the upper hand and ultimately prevailed.
So what started off as a quest to provide food cooked in healthy pots for my family is now becoming somewhat of a movement of health and planet conscious cooks from around the world choosing MEC to cook their food.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My greatest struggles, was the desire to give-up because of the seemingly big problems pulling from every angle without any solution in sight. For example, after research showed us that “throwing” the pot on the wheel would yield the strongest and most durable, long lasting product compared to other methods of making we had no idea how to make dead-on-center molds that could rotate on the basic potters wheels. The experts only had expensive solutions. We had a small budget and couldn’t afford anything they were suggesting.
Another challenge was learning to make precision tools without the use of heavy machinery.
Another one was learning to build a workshop without losing control of production…
I can go on and on but it was it was persistence that had the upper hand each time and ultimately prevailed.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Miriams Earthen Cookware – what should we know?
Our Mission Statement:
Inspired by the simple beauty and overwhelming potential in nature, we created our line of natural clay cookware.
Our mission, our promise is to provide to our customers a 100% healthy & green alternative to cooking that has no metals, toxins & other chemical contaminants. Using only pure and natural clay we produce pots that are modern in design, versatile in use and with the best quality and finish for great tasting, extremely nutritious food.
At MEC we take pride in making pots and pans from the purest raw material – primary clay. Just like rain water from evaporation/condensation in a clean location is the purest water in nature, primary clay is the purest, highest quality natural clay that is more elastic than other secondary or tertiary clays and it is rich in nutrients. It is harder to find and harvest.
No metals, chemicals, glazes, toxins are used in any of the making processes and our clay is fully tested to ensure purity. In order to avoid contact with common chemicals and additives like elasticizers, plasticizers, dryers etc., used in manufacturing clay products, we hand make them from start to finish. Each piece takes about 22-25 days.
This ensures your pots are also as healthy and non-contaminating as the food you have carefully chosen. These unique characteristics of MEC, namely–100% primary clay, absolutely void of the use of chemicals, fully tested, make it one of its kind not only in the USA but also in the world.
The MEC Difference
America’s 1st 100% pure-clay cookware: Only American cookware made from 100% tested primary clay. (others use secondary clay, additives in the clay, chemicals, plasticizers and extenders)
Naturally steam condensing ergonomic design.
Chip resistant design.
Unglazed, natural clay finish.
Keeps food warm for up to 3x longer.
Multi-cooking pots and pans. There are only a few things in the world you cannot cook in them, but for everything else MEC is your choice for a kazillion other recipes & cooking.
Great warranty: 1st year FREE replacement if any issues and 2 additional years 50% off on replacements.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
God, who provided the revelation, and gives guidance and strength everyday to stay committed to the calling.
My family, my husband and children who have been supportive of everything I have done so far and continue to stand by me even when it’s very hard sometimes, especially on days when my work doesn’t seem to end even late into the night.
My husband — my mentor and guide. My helper when something needs to get done right away.
My employees — Hard working people who share my passion and dream, who have put up with my meticulous attention to detail and rigorous work plan.
My parents and teachers who have lived the moto “never give up”.
- MEC Medium Pot 2.5 Qt | 10 cups w/ Lid — $79.00
- MEC Large Pan 2.5 Qt|10 cups w/ Lid — $79.00
- MEC Pots | Set of 3 — $233.00
- MEC Set of 3 Combo | Small — $183.00
- MEC X-Large Pot 6 Qt | 24 cups w/ Lid –$149.00
- Best Yogurt Maker & More…| Set of 2 (1/2 gallon each) — $149.00
- Address: Miriam’s Earthen Cookware
11 Clare Ave.,
Roslindale, MA 02131
- Website: Miriamsearthencookware.com
- Phone: 617-600-4492
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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