These Dolma Stones or Dolma Tasi are my new American version of the old Mediterranean cooking stones used by many people who enjoy the art of making stuffed grape leaves.
When cooking the Dolmas, stuffed grape leaves, a heavy stone is placed in the cooking pot on top of the rolled up stuffed leaves as they boil, preventing the small, delicate wraps from coming apart. This is important unless you are making grape leaf stew.
The holes in the Dolma Stone allow the steam to escape while the handle provides an easy way to remove the stone when dinner is done cooking. The stone also acts as a "heat sink", cooking the Dolmas from the top down.
When not being used in the actual cooking process these beautiful pieces of hand made ceramic art can be displayed in any room of the home.
My stones and their grape leaf decorations are hand modeled from a china grade of clay, brush glazed on all sides with four coats of ceramic glazes and fired twice to a temperature of 1,830 degrees Fahrenheit in my electric kilns.
I have designed four sizes of Dolma Stones. The stone's diameters are labeled to fit 8'', 10", 12", and 14" cooking pots.
This project started with a simple request from a wonderful lady in California. She enjoys Turkish cooking and could not find any Dolma Tasi anywhere in North America. The two of us designed these American version Dolma Stones. The "New World" now has its own Dolma Tasi.
Owner / Artist Pat Young Ceramic Arts
Established in 1954