Handmade ceramic mug with blue stripes, perfect for coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
My ceramic mugs are made from fine white porcelain clay rolled out flat into slabs. Each mug shape is cut out by hand and formed into the body of the mug. I leave the seam visible where I join the sides of the mug, 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 mugs are high-fired in the kiln to 1000 degrees (the bisque fire) which dries and strengthens the mug sufficiently for it to be glazed. I use wax and paper resists, slips and underglazes to decorate each mug, before finishing with a clear glaze and firing them again to 1250 degrees.
Each ceramic mug is individually crafted so no two are exactly alike. The process of using slabs of clay results in each mug having an irregular shape (rather than perfectly circular), which gives each mug it’s own character and unique personality, which for me adds to its charm. Perfect size for coffee or tea.
Handmade in my studio in Emsworth in the south of England.