Beautiful Balusters

So whilst I am recuperating from another op I thought I would write a post about Baluster Jugs. I first came across these beautiful forms whilst I was studying for my MA. There are some fabulous examples in many museums including the Museum of London and the V&A. I was really drawn to the tulip necked type which has been the main inspiration for my baluster jug forms.

The baluster is probably one of the hardest forms that I throw, mainly because of its height, narrowness and curves. One day I will confident in my abilities to make these forms, currently it feels like a bit of a battle. These are some of the stages of making:

I learnt to throw this particular shape from watching the brilliant Doug Fitch who like most potters is very generous with advice and information.

Traditionally these jugs would have been used for carrying wine or ale and I believe there may have been a connection between the shape and the way they were transported in cargo ships. I like mine to be used as vases or just as a beautiful quirky object to brighten up your home.

Some of my recent work