The inspiration for this pitcher belongs to my friend Marion. Marion lives in a wonderful old house filled with antiques. Her husband is Irish, and many of their dishes are English and Irish. This milk pitcher is an old hand-painted English one and I was entranced by the birds flying up and down its sides. I borrowed it in early December, knowing it would inspire something, but not sure what.
I spent a day or two working on the birds- drawing and watercolor and imagining how I'd use them in my work. I thew a stout cylinder and cut and shaped a slab to attach for a spout. I've never made a squared spout of this sort before and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. The handle was also cut out of a thick chunk of clay rather than pulling, which is how I generally make my handles. After I attached the handle and spout, I cut them both down to fit and put the pitcher away for several days. I used mishima inlay to decorate the pitcher and then used the underglaze watercolors to add some color to the birds, the rim, and the handle. I also used the watercolors on a piece that had already been bisqued, and I think I prefer painting on bisque more than on greenware, but we'll wait and see how it turns out.
Later this week I plan to bisque and glaze pitchers 2-4. #5 is still too damp to fire this week, so it will go in February's batch of pitchers.