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Yet another day at the pottery

Jugs and saucers

I spent this morning through to about 2pm at Eastnor Pottery again, practising my throwing technique. I wasn’t making anything to keep this time, but rather throwing pot after (nominally identical) pot, and cutting each one in half once I’d thrown it to check the thickness of the base and sidewalls. I tried to keep the starting lump of clay relatively constant, at about 600-700g (about the size of a small grapefruit), and by the time I’d thrown over a dozen pots the afternoon ones were significantly larger than the first ones this morning, as I was able to mobilise more of the clay and lift the pot walls higher.  Mind you, it’s physically hard work centering the lumps of clay, and my wrists and back were complaining by the time I called it a day. I came home and crashed out in bed for an hour to recover! While I was at the pottery, I picked up the completed jugs and saucers which I made last time. I’m very pleased with the way they’ve come out, and I can report that all four of them pour surprisingly well, with minimal dripping!

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  1. David | 28 May 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Remarkable! You made these? They’re great — looks like a professional job. I shall have to invite myself to breakfast just to try them out. Congratulations, you must be so pleased!

  2. Q&J | 28 May 2012 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Looks like Wedgwood to me?! Have you missed your vocation? (No, only joking!!)
    Just catching up on your blog (thought I’d better since you are obviously up to date on mine!!!
    Yes, thanks, the news we had was just what was wanted
    Cheers Q (&J?)