|Kiln blob with pipe heads|
|Close up of the pipe heads|
Not just any ol' blob from a kiln though! This particular blob has a huge mass of smoking pipe heads all lumped together! The image above is really great because you can see how the pipes were made in a two part mold. The thin little line that runs down the center was the space between the two molds when the pipes were put together. There are about four different pipe designs, which is pretty neat to think of four molds being used in one shop.
I suspect that these were being fired in a salt-glaze kiln before they met their demise in the bottom of the kiln. The provenance behind the piece is that it is from Ohio. If anyone has ever seen any of these types of pipe heads, I would love to know more about where they may be from and what time period they may date to.
|Bottom of the kiln blob|