Tessa isn't a potter, but she is an artist. This is her design sketch.
So yeah, my first try wasn't a success. I'm thinking maybe I need to make vertical cuts on opposing sides and gently meet them to form the closed arch. Or.. maybe I need to wait until the piece is at soft leather hard and then cut and form.
I'm going to give this design some thought and try again.
August 13, 2012
I inserted a clay tube into the center and smoothed it out. Not exactly like Tessa's design, but close enough for an the challenge.
I'm not finished with this mug project. I have another technique that I think will work better. I'll post another update when complete.