Jeremy Ogusky has been an avid potter since high school, but it wasn’t until four years ago, after a long career in public health, that he decided to pursue his hobby as a profession. Now the Michigan native crafts functional ceramics in a Needham studio. The best selling Ogusky Ceramics items are fermentation crocks. The potter fashioned a few hand-thrown crocks for himself when he began making his favorite fermented foods at home. Soon he was making crocks for friends and then he began selling them on Etsy. Ogusky periodically brings them to craft fairs (they will be available at the Boston Fermentation Festival on Sept. 28). The crocks were featured in “The Art of Fermentation” by Sandor Katz, whom Ogusky refers to as “my guru.” It’s one thing to make kimchi or sauerkraut and master this ancient method of preservation, and another to store your food in a pot designed especially for it. Ogusky fermentation crocks are available at Williams-Sonoma online (www.williams-sonoma.com), and Relish: Center for Urban Agriculture, 66-70 Union Square, Somerville., or go to www.oguskyceramics.com. For more on the festival,
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