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Throwing gravy boats

I was back at Eastnor Pottery today for another session throwing pots on the wheel. Today I decided to have a go at making myself a gravy boat, which turned out to be trickier than I had anticipated. The classic shape for a gravy boat is of course oval, but the whole point of throwing is that you should be making pots that are circularly symmetric. I experimented a bit with how best to get the right shape, and converged on throwing a fairly wide and shallow bowl, then squashing it with my hands into a rough oval and forming a lip/spout. I made nine “variations on a theme” which I’ve left at the pottery to be dried to the leather-hard stage. When I next go back, in a few months time, I’ll make some handles, and down-select the best few of the jugs to turn and decorate.