Monday, January 2, 2012


I have seen more than my fair share of fantasy and medieval genre movies over the years and one aspect I am constantly well aware of is the pottery used in these films. It is easy to take enjoyment from the wide variety of pots on screen, including some that actually have had labels on the bottom of them which the "continuity" directors, obviously missed. Essential to all these movies is the array of jugs and pitchers used in the obligitory tavern scenes, some are actually quite adept at capturing the feel of the medieval jug or pitcher while others, not so much. One type of jug that pops up in most of these films is the spoutless type that has a big round belly and a round pulled handle. I find a rustic satisfaction in this type of jug and have made them on and off for nearly my entire time making pots. There is something very timeless about these pots and extremely functional as well.

Illustrated is a medium sized spoutless jug form with a thick, round pulled handle. It is glazed in a temmoku glaze and the neck and extremes of the belly on either side, are accented with my medieval green. One of the things I really enjoy about this form is that it usually works from 6" to 16" as long as you keep the proportions the same. Though intended as a jug, it also has the luxury of acting as a vase or for utensil storage without the worries of damaging the spout. Just another form that is rather good at multi-tasking.