Thursday, December 29, 2011

Development of a Form

Progression of small Pitchers
Customer reminded me that I used to do small creamers and asked if I still make them? Of course that pattern is long gone so an opportunity to work out a slightly new shape.

I cut a paper pattern and used it to cut out the first pitcher and put it together. A little too petite. 

Made second pattern slightly wider with a broader base for the next couple of pitchers, and then finally used the second pattern and cut about 1/2" wider still on the sides to get the final pieces. The spiral stamp decoration will be the only handle, which will save a lot of fussy construction time.

When I get more clay dried to the right consistency for slabs I'll try an even wider version to see just how far to take it. Plus, after shrinkage these may be smaller than I want them to be in the end. With my paper pattern all I have to do is just make them a little taller as well as wider for the next tweak.
Using a paper pattern can help you tweak forms as you develop them.
Differences in the top from first to final shape

Wider profile fits better in the hand and leaves room for decoration


  1. Wow, nice forms! Almost feels like they are dancing.

  2. thanks... it's nice having a simpler form to play with...