Wednesday, April 02, 2008

It seems that salt cellars are a good seller -- at least the ones I've listed lately. I've been throwing them as closed forms and then opening them in different ways, testing out different effects.

The ones to the left and right were closed off, trimmed inward around the perimeter and NOT cut off the wheel. Then, when they were leather, I cut at the bottom of the trimmed portion. Following that, I trimmed around the inside of the lower portion so the top trimmed part would fit inside. This technique creates a very tight fit which is good for a salt cellar, keeping the moisture and other "crap" out of the container.

A second method I used was to create the same closed form (center image). Instead of trimming in and cutting, I waited until the form was leather hard and then just used a sharp tool to create a downward beveled cut, creating a notch to "keep things in place", as it were, rather than just allowing the top to sort of fit when it was placed down.

I think I prefer the first method, though the second method could have its place if that cut and notch were incorporated into the design.

I'm sure I'll be making more salt cellars at the studio. In fact, I have one sitting on my stove counter and I use it constantly!