I've just updated my shop with a new collection of work! No inkwells yet, sadly, but there's a whole assortment of other pots.
Inkwells, to be partnered up with my thrown ink pens and their rests or the larger palette sets—although they seem to be equally useful as bud vases. They will have corks to keep them sealed too, but for now I’ve rather liked having them around as lone, decorative objects.
These forms are lovely to throw, like my other bud vases with the downward sloping rim these are first thrown taller than they need be before the clay is carefully thrown inward in a collaring motion. I use the tip of my index finger to create the undercut beneath the protruding rim, which is mostly covered in glaze once finally fired. These are modeled off the old Victorian salt fired ones you can find quite commonly, although surprisingly I haven’t found a whole one since I started making them, but I’d like one in my pot collection at some point.
I don’t have a measure for the diameter the whole needs to be on these, I simply throw them to be a touch wider than my forefinger. Of course they’ve got to allow the pens to pass through comfortably, which they do. My latest batch of thrown pens are especially thin, far more so than any I’ve made before, which was a challenge. In the next few weeks I’ll be firing the rests for them so hopefully a handful will appear on my shop soon, for the first time ever.
Each of my palette sets will also include a pen, rest and inkwell, together with the wooden tray and pots that fill that, alongside anything else I feel is appropriate to that specific group, be it a single vase, or a bowl perhaps if it matches numerous other palette pieces or the pen.