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A Versatile Vessel: The 600 ml Large Jug

The large jug, a versatile serving vessel, was initially designed to complement my wine beakers. The idea was to create a set that could serve various drinks at summer gatherings or intimate dinners, a testament to its practicality. The Water or Wine Gift Set, introduced in September 2023, includes a large jug and six 175 ml beakers, offering various serving options for different occasions.

The jug, a popular choice among the press, was prominently featured in Red Magazine's November issue, a testament to its trendiness. It was showcased alongside my Gravy Jug in their living section, further underscoring its popularity.

Anthropology, a renowned retailer, stocked the jug for their Summer and Winter Seasons of 2023, a clear testament to its desirability. These accolades for my products have not only been encouraging but also a driving force to continue creating unique and sought-after pieces.

Dark Grey- Blue
Pale Blue-Grey
Sandy Beige

This Japandi-style jug is hand-made with oxide-coloured clay. It is available in three distinct colours: dark grey-blue and pale blue-grey, both with sandy beige handles, and sandy beige, which has a dark grey-blue handle.

The dark grey blue has an immersive blue interior and deep grey exterior. The internal and external surfaces are dotted with flecks of light and dark, and the contrasting handle cuts a pale streak across the jug, a flash of brightness in the night. The calm and gentle tones of the pale blue-grey reflect how Spring moves us from pale Winter to gentle Spring days. The soothing grey exterior carries the first hints of blue sky; inside, the colour is intensified by the glaze and speckled with bursts of rich blue. The soft, neutral shades of the handle complement the overall placidity of the jug. The interior of the sandy beige colour is reminiscent of pale, dipping willow leaves. The handle, a soothing grey, arcs across the exterior like a river around the light sand of a slow bend. 

The Large Jug is meticulously crafted, starting with the same size as the medium vase, both thrown on the potter’s wheel at the same height and width. The Large jugs are left for a few hours before the spout is pulled. On day two of the process, the spout is refined. The jug is then carefully removed from its board and placed on a clean board to dry. On day three, the handles are meticulously made, the base of the jug is perfected, and the handle is joined. Finally, they are left under plastic for three weeks to dry slowly, preparing them for the firing process.

With a generous capacity, this Japandi-style large jug perfectly serves refreshing beverages such as homemade lemonade, infused water, or chilled sangria during summer gatherings or intimate dinners. It works well as a milk jug when serving hot drinks and can be used to present cream and sauce with your favourite desserts. Its versatile nature effortlessly transitions from casual brunches to formal celebrations, making it a cherished centrepiece in any dining setting.

Posted by Karen Dawn Curtis on May 16th 2024

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