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Back to the Drawing Board - Salt Cellars

You may remember the post about the salt cellars from a few weeks ago. They are finally complete but they did not turn out as expected. Like that's new in pottery.  They look pretty good but the bottom bowl seems to have tried to flatten out just a bit in the kiln, this makes the lid sit down lower than it should and doesn't leave much room for salt.  That's a problem in something that is supposed to hold salt.  I wanted the bowls to be pretty open so it would be easy to grab a pinch or scoop with a measuring spoon.  It looks like I'm going to have to make them a bit deeper with less of a shallow curve to the bowl.
Salt Cellar by Lori Buff
Salt Cellars
At least I've learned something and one did come out nice, it'll be for sale in my Etsy Shop as soon as I get a picture of it.

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  1. The hardest thing for me is judging the finished size of pots. I've made covered butter dishes which were too low to hold butter so I called them cheese dishes. Did you fire them together? I wonder if the cover caused them to splay out a bit? Is that possible?

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    1. Hi Linda, they were busque fired together but were separated for the glaze firing since I wanted the entire base to be glazed. I guess the bases will still work for wasabi bowls.

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  2. the small salt cellars of yesterday were not real big but a bit deeper with small spoons to use in them. I am playing with salt pigs, not pigs but things that hold salt. And it makes me wonder why we use a spoon to season with herbs and spices but we want to grab salt with our fingers. I am going with the thought that we need smallish spoons to use instead of fingers....

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    1. I've been thinking a lot about spoons Meredith, I may make some. I rarely use a spoon for my herbs or salt, I just keep my hands clean when I cook, but someone my want to.

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  3. Bummer, and they are so cute! I am sure you will get it worked out in the next incarnation. As for spoons... I love making clay spoons. I go through spells of making them every so often. I particularly like them wood fired. Just last week I made a couple at the end of the day, when I needed a break from the wheel.

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    1. Okay, now you all have me thinking about this even more.

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  4. As I am frequently heard to exclaim: "Oh no, not another learning experience!"
    They look nice. I'm sure the next batch will be fabulous.

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  5. being a potter involves a lot of design and engineering, doesn't it?

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    1. It does Gary, and chemistry and physics...I imagine their is some art involved too:-)

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  6. Ugh, it's always something with clay isn't it?!

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    1. Yes it is Tracey, just one challenge after another.

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  7. A little tweaking and you'll have it. But, for these, my wife would say "So, those will be ours?" That's as opposed to "Oh, may I keep that one?"

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