With the new counter tops in my kitchen I have a new color scheme.
The colors used to be blue and white and yellow.
I liked to think of them as "Provencal" colors. Kind of. There was certainly nothing else very French or "Provencal" about my kitchen.
I had a set of canisters that I made years ago in blue and white.
The new counter tops are granite brown and black.
Last year in anticipation of new counter tops and a new color scheme, I made a set of dinnerware for us. It was the first time in twenty five years of making pottery that I made myself a whole set of dinnerware.
The set is a mix and match of three glazes and I really like it. For me that is saying a lot. There is not a lot that I make that I really like. I seldom achieve the goals and results that I aspire to achieve. I don't know why that is. Why can I so seldom please myself with my work?
An example of that is that I made a new set of canisters with these glazes and didn't like them so I got rid of them.
So I still need to make a set and today I spent some time in the studio playing around with ideas.
First I needed to decide what type of jar I wanted. There are two types of rims to use. On the left is a rim with a lid "seat". This is the kind of jar I had with the blue and white set. The lid seat of course holds the lid in place but also catches flour and sugar or whatever is stored in the jar on those edges. The rim on the right is a cleaner edge and theoretically I would prefer it.
I made a jar with this type of rim and made the lid. The knob has to be made separately after the extra clay is trimmed off the lid. This is one deterrent to me for having a set with this type of rim and lid. I'm too lazy to have to make knobs this way.
Here is how I make a knob for this type of cannister.
(To see a video demonstration of how I make a pot, look at this post.)
First I put the jar with the trimmed lid back on the pottery wheel.
I "score", that is scratch, the spot where I want the knob to go and I brush it with liquified clay called slip that will act as a kind of glue.
And this is the final cannister.
It's okay. I don't love it though and I don't want a whole set in my kitchen.
Despite the fact that the other style of rim catches extra flour and such, I'm still stuck on it as my favorite.
So I made another jar in this style and played around with different knob looks. I enjoy making these types of lids. The lid and knob are thrown at the same time. The knob is not a separate process.
Should I settle on one knob? Or should I make a set of cannister jars that are alike but each has a different knob? Do you have a favorite? I'd love some input.