Recently fired beakers in either my white, green or dark green crackle glaze alongside a lone blue nuka. These are the purest, most carefree pots I make. I don’t have to worry about attaching a handle or trimming a delicate foot-ring, they’re as simple as could be, a straightforward cylindrical form, which then has a bevelled edge trimmed on and the base smoothed. Having a pot like this is ideal for those situations where you’ve got an hour to kill throwing and don’t want a shape that’ll take some time to ease into, this just fly off the wheel.
Throwing is often thought of as being a relaxing and mediative process by many, although this opinion seems to come from people who practice it as a hobby or are new to the craft. When it becomes your profession and you’re either filling orders, or production throwing for someone else it is entirely different. Not at all is that to say I don’t enjoy it, I certainly do, but I don’t ever feel overcome with clarity and calm in the midst of throwing session.
I prefer the dimensions to these compared to the lower beakers I used to make, which have been retired from my range. These are more practical, more elegant and are more comfortable in the hand when being used. The lip of course is the most obvious functional aspect to these, it flows with the interior wall outward, meeting the apex of the rim as a sharp edge on the outer wall. It isn’t blocky, or overly leathered, instead it’s a clean, crisp edge that fits nicely into the corners of your mouth—plus it means there are more dramatic breaks of glaze as it pulls away either side of it.