Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tallies, fatties, shorties,skinnies and roundies






My fascination and exploration of the jug continues. I thought I'd answer Micheal Kilne and Tom Wirt in this post. Here is a pic of the paper resist leaf being pulled from under the slip- Michael and tom the jugs vary in weight. Fatties 13lbs, tallies 11 lbs, shorties 4 lbs and skinnies 8lbs. I made 10 fatties and a winery owner asked for all of them to be used as spitooonies so they are in the bisque before I could photograph them. Today's skinnies have a couple of notable features- Where I join the neck to the body I do what my old jug teacher Mick Casson called ' Celebrate the marriage!" In other words show where you made the union or join. Secondly I put a short handle on and try to stretch the handle termination almost all the way up to the marriage. Don't know why I do it but I figure the line is there for me to draw attention to and reach for. Thirdly I do a bird's beak lip which is just a one thumb pull. Tried to get a pic for you of the paintings of Pieter Bruegel the Flemish painter of Medieval times that I used to stare at. Many thought I loved the orgies or peasant weddings I was looking at but it was the jugs and cups that fascinated me. I'm happy to still be looking at these paintings for inspiration. Next week I have my eye on making "roundies' referencing the 18Th century Devon jugs that I so cherish.

5 comments:

Michael Kline said...

Thanks Tony. I look forward to the Devon style jug. It's one of my faves.

smokieclennell said...

Dear Micheal: Don't know whether you go back and read but you make a damn fine jug yourself. Send me a pic if you get a chance. I'd like to show my students.
tc

Anonymous said...

It was rather interesting for me to read this article. Thank you for it. I like such themes and anything connected to them. I definitely want to read more soon.

Dolita said...

Those are damn fine handles! I can hardly wait to see pics of these fired.
Keep on truckin'. Tony.

Kelly said...

A copy of this Breugel painting hangs over my stove... party on, dude.