April 24, 2014

A Tilt in the Pottery

The last group of small pinch and coiled lidded vessels I pit fired all have asymmetry in common. The lids rest on them like a tam pulled at an angle on a sporty person’s head. In order to prevent these from slipping off the vessel they are cut at a forty-five degree angle, as is the lip of the vessel. The vessel at top with the unusual spiral lid was fashioned using a mold made from a small conch shell. It was the first time I had used this mold and I like the results. I’ll make more. All of these have been painstakingly burnished with terra sigillata.

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