Handmade geometric pattern mug in blue.
~ Measures: apx. 3 1/4 inches tall and 3 1/4 inches wide at the rim
~ Capacity: holds 10 oz
~ Straight rim
~ Clear glaze on the inside
~ Smooth raw clay on the outside
~ Food, dishwasher, and microwave safe
~ Red stoneware clay
I use the potter's wheel to create this mug. I generally make the mug and trim the bottom foot as soon as the rim is stable and the mug can be turned upside down. Then I add the handle. I use a geometric pattern that I have drawn by hand, then digitized, then cut out on card stock stencil. I apply the stencil then apply colored slips in the pattern. The pattern is removed, incomplete shapes of the pattern are removed with a carving tool.
When the mug is dry, a blue slip is applied to the inside then it is fired. After being fired, the mug is wet sanded for a smooth finish, a black wash is applied to the outside and then wiped off so only bits of the black accent are left to accentuate the crevices of the pattern and the trimming lines. The inside of the mug is then glazed with clear glaze and then it is fired a second time. After the second firing, the outside of the cup once again is wet sanded for a super smooth finish.