I belong to a couple of online groups where the conversation can get rather lively. Mention the words "jigger" or "ram pressed" and the conversation gets heated! Many potters believe that those two terms and "handmade", can never be said in the same sentence. I happen to disagree. There are small production potteries that utilize these techniques for some items, and their wares can still be considered handmade.
Typically this dish would have been slip trailed by hand, with a blue traditional design, and salt glazed. JZ acquired this one prior to the decorating, and fired it in a wood kiln. The shino glaze on the interior has some beautiful crazing which would make some say it isn't food safe. It's high-fired, the clay is vitrified, and it gets washed in hot water. I haven't gotten sick and (obviously) haven't died from using it yet. Perhaps that's an argument for another post!
Is there really any difference from ram pressing a piece or using a slump mold? Some would state that ram pressing involves a machine... but we can also argue that all potters incorporate some machinery to make the work easier on our bodies, and to save time. My little baker was ram pressed, but all the trimming and finish work was done by hand.
|Wheel thrown plate by John Zentner - pork quesadilla with re-fried beans by Meesh|
I thought I would add a photo of what this company's pots look like when decorated and glazed in their salt kiln. This one was thrown and handled by Jz. His stamp is just underneath, where the handle attaches at the bottom of the pot.