How To Make A Pitcher In Eleven Easy Steps

First, throw a pot. Most any pot will do…

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Step 2. Do something to the pot. Poke it, pull it, squeeze it, tease it. Something.

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I poked this one five times. See? The wider push out on the left is where the bottom of the handle will go…

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3. Water the flowers…

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…and 4. Look for the cat.

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5. While you are waiting for your pot to dry enough to trim, do other things. Like… load the kiln. (Because you make pots.)

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Or if it’s a nice day, visit Kaufman Garden.

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If it’s hot outside, go to the Nelson and look at a lady who is looking at a painting.

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Or…you could just work on other pots.

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6. Trim your pot. Put the foot ring in just the right place. (You learned how to do this many pots ago.)

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7. Briefly consider your weekend plans.

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8. Somehow, put a spout on your pitcher. I cut a U shape out from the rim down, roll a small slab, and cut a shape from a paper pattern that fits in the U. There is A LOT more to this part but you will figure it out. Don’t worry.

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9. Put a handle on your pot.

20130904-131154.jpgThat was easy, right?
10. Decide how you want to glaze your pitcher and do something, geez… anything to the surface.

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I want my pitcher to have an amber glaze over a brick and wire pattern so I brushed the pattern on with acrylic medium. Shhh… I put food coloring in the medium to see it easier. Don’t tell anyone.

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11. After the acrylic dries, sponge away some of the surface clay. Look, you have just made a pitcher. It doesn’t look like mine but it is a fine pitcher.

Now you have time to make…

20130904-132349.jpg…a set of wheels to roll your kayak to your truck. Because the weekend will be here before you know it!

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