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Update on “Pulling Handles”

Waiting to be fired

Jon Williams from Eastnor Pottery has put up on his blog a picture of the jugs I made on Sunday. So I have shamelessly swiped a copy to show you what I was talking about. The light greeny-turquoise slip will go a slightly lighter colour once they’re fired, and the inside will turn a rich terracotta colour. It’s difficult to get a sense of scale from this shot. The biggest jug, on the far right, is about as tall as a standard mug, though it will probably¬† shrink up to 10% as it dries.

The big question is whether any of them will actually pour straight. It’s very difficult to check before they’re fired – you don’t want to put water into a damp pot, or it will soak in and possibly make the pot soften so much it disintegrates. So you have to cross your fingers and hope that the jug won’t dribble too much – which is why I’ve made some matching saucers (not shown) to catch the drips.

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  1. Peter | 4 May 2012 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    As noone elee has admired them I’ll say how pretty they are. Perhaps you’ll let me see them next time I’m around.

  2. Gillian | 4 May 2012 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Thanks Peter. They’ve been commissioned by my mother, so only the more dribbly ones may be here! Any that actually pour straightish will have gone to a new home! But do let me know next time you’re passing on the way back from Wales and I’ll bring some pots along to lunch……

  3. Julia Jackson | 4 May 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Very stylish, Gillian – I love the colour. Wish I could do something like that. Little jugs are so useful. And working with clay must be very therapeutic – a bit like scrubbing floors or chopping wood (none of which I can do nowadays, as the arthritis takes hold!)