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!