Matt Grimmitt slipping salt piglets at Winchcombe Pottery

The next few posts will be videos of slipping and combing pots. This one is of Matt slipping salt piglets, otherwise known as boobs. They really do look like boobs.

They are tricky shapes to produce. As a form they have to be closed in, leaving enough clay at the top to make a nob (or nipple). Matt trims them in a chuck and cuts a large-ish hole in one side and pierces a small hole in the other side. This is so you can use the small hole to shake salt out or take pinches of salt with your fingers.

In order to slip them Matt uses a bung to block up the larger hole. He blocks the little hole with a finger. This is so no slip gets inside the piglet. Then they are placed on a chuck to be combed.