V is for Veader

A good friend of mine has been requesting custom mugs from me.  I told her “let’s make it an official order, and I will actually make them”.  So the order was placed and the mugs are well on their way.  My friend is a big tea drinker and she knew exactly the kind of mug she wanted.  A large mug with a good handle on it that you  could sip from easily.  This is the shape we agreed on.  I like this shape the best for mugs simply because it has a nice feel in your hands.  The lip of the mug is slightly turned out  for a more comfortable sip.  I feel a straight-edged mug tends to leave a dribble mark on the rim after you drink from it.  A lip like this does not do that.  Meoghan also wanted to personalize her mugs without having a full name on the mug.  I love just doing the initial.  Not only does it save time, but it has a more fresh and current look to it rather than a whole name.  Veader is her last name, so we are using a “v”.  These are going to be glazed in several crystalline glazes so I think they will really look neat when then are done.

Using fondant cookie cutters, I rolled out my clay and then pressed the cutter through the clay to get these crazy flower shapes.  Then, using my own custom alphabet stamps, I pressed the “v” stamp into the clay.  From here the back of the flower is scored as well as the surface of the mug, then coated in slip for a secure fit.

Once the handles were attached and smoothed out, I let the mugs dry upside-down.  I do this so the handle will hold a nice shape as it dries without drooping and the mug also dries our more evenly. Hope to have these fired in a couple of weeks!

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  • Andrew

    I really like all the detail you give about the mug-making process. Thanks for sharing 🙂 I’m sure Meoghan will be thrilled!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew

    I really like all the detail you give about the mug-making process. Thanks for sharing 🙂 I’m sure Meoghan will be thrilled!ReplyCancel

  • Michele Prince

    Very nice. I really like the shape of the mug.ReplyCancel

  • Michele Prince

    Very nice. I really like the shape of the mug.ReplyCancel

  • […]  I shared them on my blog a few posts back while they were being made.  You can check them out here.  They are now glazed and completed!  I gave them to Meoghan yesterday on our way to the gym. […]ReplyCancel

  • […]  I shared them on my blog a few posts back while they were being made.  You can check them out here.  They are now glazed and completed!  I gave them to Meoghan yesterday on our way to the gym. […]ReplyCancel

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