1. Mortar and Pestle
This tool can take on a variety of forms depending on what you plan to use it for. Here are a couple of examples. To see a tutorial on how to throw one on the wheel, click here.
2. Salt Cellar/ Salt Pig
These are a handy storage solution for coarse grain sea salt and they make an excellent conversation piece. They can be made in one or two sections, thrown or hand-built.
|this simple for could be wheel-thrown & altered or made using an extruder, or a combination thereof.|
|these mini-salt cellars would be a cinch to throw in one piece on the wheel.|
|A quick and easy hand-built project: Slab-rolled, textured and stamped.|
|could be wheel-thrown or hand-built.|
3. Salt & Pepper Shakers
The sky is the limit when it comes to imaginative forms for this classic. For an interesting tutorial on how to throw a bottom dispensing hollow shaker (first item pictured below) please see pages 29-31 of the May/June Pottery making illustrated (available in the studio--just ask me). Here are just a few forms to get your wheels a spinnin'.
|one piece wheel-thrown (tutorial available)|
|graceful, minimalistic, hand-built|
|wheel-thrown & altered, but also hand-buildable.|
|simple, wheel-thrown and elegant.|
4. Spoon RestsA very quick and easy project. You can either hand build a form and slump it, or wheel throw. For a video tutorial on making a wheel-thrown spoon rest, click here.
|hand-built using a slab rolled over a crocheted doily and slumped over a form.|
|carved, hand-built spoon rest. Simple & elegant.|
|Wheel thrown spoon rests... also very quick and easy.|
5. Measuring SpoonsSince we're on a spoon kick, these are a simple, quick ceramic form that is really fun and would make a great gift. I can't attest to how accurately they might measure, though it is probably close enough for government work.