Ceramic espresso coffee mug or small tea cup with soft matt vanilla glaze, handmade stoneware pottery.
My handmade espresso cups are made from a toasted buff stoneware clay rolled out flat into slabs. Each cup shape is cut out by hand and formed into the body of the cup. I leave the seam visible where I join the sides of the cup, as part of the design. A circular shape is cut and added for the base and a strip of clay is cut, curved and added for the handle.
The ceramic espresso cups are fired in the kiln to 1000 degrees (the bisque fire) which dries and strengthens them sufficiently for it to be glazed. They are dip glazed in a matt vanilla glaze before I fire them again to 1250 degrees.
The process of using slabs of clay to create these cups results in each mug having an irregular shape (rather than being perfectly circular), which gives each cup it’s own character and unique personality, which adds to its charm.
Each cup is individually crafted so no two are exactly alike and each much takes approximately 3 weeks to make from start to finish, including making, drying, bisque firing, glazing and final high firing.
This listing is for one cup, the perfect size for an espresso coffee or small cup of tea. Matching stoneware teapot and mugs are available in a separate listing.
Handmade in my studio in Emsworth in the south of England.