Saturday, June 14, 2014
This Little Piggie
Well, I did it again. I applied for a Christmas show this year. Sometime between now and Dec.6, I need to make some items that will fly off the shelves in 6 hours or less. I make a few piggy banks every year so I went to work on those first. Everybody had a piggy bank. Nearly all potters make some of them but mine don't need to look like yours and vice versa. The last thing I would want to do is infringe on someone's design. I went through a period of making a lot of jugs and my pigs reflect many of my jugs. Narrow at the foot, fat at the shoulders, and quickly necking in for the spout. Not an easy form to get right. The ears have a little attitude to them and the bulbous cartoonish eyes are always a little crossed. You will see two notches on the right ear. When my grandfather raised hogs down on the mountain, they let their hogs free range in the woods. Fences were more to keep animals out of the crops than to enclose the animals..In late fall they would take the dog into the woods and he would find a hog a drag it to the ground. The notches were a code that told them if it was their hog or not. So a pig from Whistle Creek should have notches. Thanks for all your comments.