Thursday, 20 May 2010

Cider jars

Holed and handled
A few pictures of beautiful Devon from my walk to work and back today.



11 comments:

Hollis Engley said...

Great jars, Doug.

Michael Kline said...

Beautiful pots and beautiful land! Those sheep look like they might jump out of my computer screen!!

paul jessop said...

Just been catching up this morning. the pots look great.
I'll give you a call next week.

ang said...

awww pretty!

Mr. Young's Art said...

I can just picture the taps in those jars! Great Job!

Linda Starr said...

Nice jars, do they get corks in the holes, shows how much I know about cider. Lovely photos the ferns unfurling and the sheep are wonderful to gaze at, love the texture of their wool.

danp said...

Beautiful curve to the jars

-Rob, Simple Circle Studios said...

Good looking jars! Are the taps tapered to make for an easier fit? If not, how do you keep them from leaking?

Richard Law said...

Hey Doug! How much do those jars hold? It would be good to break the tradition and fill one with nasty beer. I used to have a 4 gal stoneware one - new too, but unfortunately it was a victim of its own success - broken after a riotous BBQ. I can make me own tap.

doug Fitch said...

Howdy all, thanks for your kind words. These jars are greatly influenced by the ones made by Michael Cardew at Winchcombe Pottery in the 1930's. There's a wonderful one in the V&A Museum and it's one of my favourite pots, so I thought I'd have a go. He was such a master of proportion and curve. I'm not sure how much they'll hold, they're made from 15lbs of clay, so they're fairly large, so I'm guessing they will hold enough brown beer/cider to give you a funny head! They'll have little wooden taps, which are fixed into a tapered cork, I'm hoping it will give a tight seal around the hole - and a cork in the top as well. No doubt they'll leak and I'll have to do a bit of fiddling around to make them cider-tight. I decorated them yesterday, but forgot to take my camera to work, so have no pics as of yet. The ferns are indeed wonderful, it's been delightful watching them unfurl along the lanes. Scorching weather in Devon today, I hope you're all enjoying a good weekend too.

FuturePrimitive said...

We're coming down very soon Doug. Shall bring some of that Arum plant I promised you! The cider jars are really beautiful. I just found a vintage wooden cider jar tap at the car boot sale so Matt's gonna make one for me and my cider (he doesn't know that yet). ooh aaargh!