An abstract pitcher For when your Elephant pitcher Collapses

OH NO. Were you not thinking clearly or practically? Now are you looking at an elephant pitcher that was too heavy itself, let alone holding liquids along with its weight, shattered in front of you?

No need to worry!! Might as well start from scratch and get down to busniess again. This ready-to-be-glazed pitcher can be easily achieved with minimal stress!

First you have to start from the very beginning. Roll out your first slab of clay and lay it over a bowl form that you think would best fit your own pitcher. No specific size is required. Keep in mind that you will be adding another bowl to this first one.

After your first bowl, create another with that same form. What you will do now is slip & score the rims of the bowls to connect the two. You should be left with a sphere similar to the picture presented. Make sure you smooth the area where the bowls were connected.

To add the narrow body to this pitcher, you will need to create a cylinder form. I find this easiest when you use the same template and technique as you would when beginning a mug.

After adding that, cut a hole in the middle of the sphere and cylinder. This is required or else this pitcher will just be a sculpture with no functional purpose. The hole should be cut like the one shown above. Shave and smooth that down as necessary.

It is always nice to smooth out the edges to help achieve a nicer finished look. This is a small and simple step that can be used by either adding clay then smoothing. Or by just smoothing from the start.

Time to add the last piece to your pitcher. Similar to the first and second steps, create a bowl to your liking. No specific bowl is needed unless it will be too big or impairs the pitchers function.

Slip and score this last form to the top of your piece. Make sure you align the bowl correctly so your pitcher is not crooked. Just like in the previous steps, cut a hole between the bowl and cylinder. Smooth and shave the areas as you wish. Keep in mind that liquids should be able to easily enter & exit the pitcher.

Small but important step, add a lip to the edge of your pitcher (or bowl). This will dictate the amount of liquid & the stream of liquid that comes out of the pitcher. It should look similar to the picture, but can be molded as pleased.

More options can be added if pleased. I was considering adding a handle but decided not to. Even imprinting the narrow body or making it wider. Adding decoratives is a great idea.

Once you complete all these steps, your pitcher is ready to fire! Put it in the kiln and it is ready to glaze. Many options for the outcome of any pitcher, have fun with it!

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