I made a few puzzle jugs today. I haven't made any of these for ages. The sunshine, with some help from the gas burner meant that I was able to throw, construct and decorate them all within one day so that they'll make the firing on Saturday.
They're based on sixteenth century ones made at Donyatt in Somerset.
The diagram shows how they work. They must have been very easily entertained in the olden days.
The dog roses are in full bloom in the hedgerow at the moment and inspired this large, ornate, three-spouted puzzle jug - you'll either like it or you'll hate it.
Marky Mark came up this evening and we cracked on with packing the kiln. The back's all in, I'll finish the front tomorrow. There are going to be loads of pots left over so I'll fire again in mid July. It seems like ages since I had any new pots so I can't wait to get these ones through, I'm really pleased with this batch.
These pots are mostly for Earth & Fire and Art in Clay.
A few more small pots to make and blast tomorrow for gap fillers in the kiln, then all set for a long, slow pre-heat on Friday and a big burn-up on Saturday, woooohoo.