Tall oval-sectioned jug
Tall, narrow jug with a cream base glaze, decorated with multicoloured ceramic transfers.
Materials and techniques
The jug is made in a plastic ivory-coloured clay, with an addition of molochite to prevent cracking. It is press-moulded (somewhat Easter egg-like) with the seam running veritcally. Press-moulding is an old technique used extensively for many articles - including the large jugs from the jug-and-bowl sets seen in every Victorian bedroom - until that is, the invention of slip-casting in the latter parts of the nineteenth century. The handle is, in fact, slipcast and applied on the junction seam. While still 'leather-hard', indents were pressed into the surface which were coloured in blue slip in a polka dot arrangement.
If, as often happens with my ceramics, I notice that even after the glaze-firing when the piece is 'finished' in the usable sense of the word, it lacks the quality I believe the Germans call gestalt, I continue working on the surface. In the case of this jug I have done so with ceramic transfers which mean the piece has to be returned to the kiln for a third firing. Pieces can be fired repeatedly (until destruction sometimes) but in this case the three firings - the biscuit firing, the glaze firing and than the enamel firing - seemed sufficient.
Taken from a letter from Colin Saunders, kept in the maker file with the Purchase Information Sheet.