I promised my good friend Adriana that I would have a blog post for Mud Colony this week. I keep missing the deadline, which is Sunday...IF you live in Australia! For those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, that would be Saturday. I see she's kindly left me a little reminder on Facebook, so I won't forget....so here it is....
I wanted to share my new pitcher/jug with you. I'm trying to challenge myself, so I decided to go big or go home! I've made a little ones...creamers or creamettes as I like to call them. All of them handle-less because you know how much I dislike attaching a handle. Little ones are fine without that ...big ones...not so much. So, I poured over several of my pottery books looking for spout options and handle sizes and watched more then my share of videos too and even got some great advice from a few friends.
In the end I suppose I should have sketched a pre-throw diagram, but to be honest, I didn't really know what shape I wanted and I'm so thrilled that I seem to have this cylinder thing licked that I just started throwing and then I shaped it....a few times to be honest. If there is one thing I am pretty good at it's altering the shape of a pot....sometimes quite drastically! Anyway, I worried it was too fat and maybe the bottom needed to be narrower? or should it be wider? I don't like the idea of a tippy pitcher full of something sticky! I also considered pulling a spout but figured it might be too small for something so round.
In the end I'm pretty happy with it. Whether or not it will pour? Hmmmm....I guess we'll see. I did try the 'centre of gravity' test that Robin Hopper suggests in 'Functional Pottery' and I think I'm pretty close. My one concern is the handle? Too big? should it be closer to the body? I'd love to hear some critiques! (I'm a big girl, I can take it, really I can!)
And with that....Voila! When you've finished ogling and left me your suggestions, why not stop over at Mud Colony to check out what the other talented potters have been up to this week!