The smell and taste of fresh bread from an outdoor oven is a pleasure to experience. For those of us who have tasted such bread from the Doukhobor kiosk at the annual week long summer Saskatoon Exhibition in Saskatchewan, it is a pleasure indeed.
Steve Prystupa, former museum curator, sent me an interesting story about a lady in his Manitoba neighborhood: Karen Schlichting’s Oven Unveiled. Steve suggested that some Doukhobor or other groups in Canada might adopt the idea for their own unique brick oven on wheels. Why not a pech on wheels?
The inspiration for the oven came from baking bread for the past five years with her friend Hal Loewen in his outdoor wood-fired oven. Karen Schlichting received generous help from the Manitoba Arts Council to build this 4000-pound portable brick oven, decorated with thousands of tiny hand-cut glass mosaic tiles. The welded steel trailer was tailor-made to carry the concrete, rebar, fire brick, insulation, galvanized tin and glass structure.
Karen fired the oven up for a pizza making blitz for the opening of Manitoba Craft Council’s show 'Make Stop Repeat' opening at the Mennonite Heritage Gallery at 600 Shaftesbury Blvd. on June 23rd, 2011.
In the summer of 2011 Karen held several ‘bread actions’ where the oven appeared in random locations around the City of Winnipeg. After a visit to a Costco Shopping Centre with her magnificent 'Hansel and Grettel' bake oven,
Karen Schlichting took her mobile bake oven to a North Main cafe on November 10th for a season final bake fast. Hot fresh bread is something that needs to be shared so that’s what she has been doing with it. Moreover, Karen's wagon is like a cultural ikon; it gives colour and joy to the world.
Get more information by email from Karen Schlichting : email@example.com.