The lips of some recently made and fired pourers. Thrown as simple straight cylinders they have narrow spout that is reshaped the morning after to ensure they keep a tight shape, without doing so they would lose their shape as they dry out and unwind. Out of all the forms I make I’ve probably made the least of these, I’ve always felt like they still need some direction, some refinement or something, but I can’t put my finger on it. I like making them and like to think that as time goes by and many different iterations are attempted that they’ll change and develop on their own accord.
I did have much better luck firing these this time though, for whatever reason during my last number of firings none emerged particularly nicely, either they were under-fired and dull or were completely blasted by the flames. This lot was more successful and the spouts are finer than before, which should mean they have a meaner pour. Normally I leave the applied glaze very thick over the whole form but for these I use a potter’s knife and my finger to wear down the glaze on the inside of the lip and the outside, to ensure they fire with a crisp edge. This is something I also do on the soda fired ware, for any of the pouring vessels such as the small creamers and jugs I wipe some of the slip away, in a very quick movement up and out of the lip, so the slip doesn’t settle and clump around the spout, which makes the pouring edge thicker than it need me. You’d never notice that this was done on the sodaware and when some of the clay is revealed beneath it can actually look lovely. This isn’t so much the case for my pots, if I accidentally wear the glaze down too much you suddenly get marks of warm clay showing through.