A couple of months ago John Bauman wrote a post about making mugs and I’ve had it in mind to respond ever since. John makes an argument for a simple straight sided cylinder with a turned foot and he extolls the virtues of those horrible diner mugs (the ones that often come filled with tepid hot water for your tea!). I hope that this doesn’t end our ‘bro-mance’, but I must wholeheartedly disagree! My pots are almost always about curves and the intersection where two curved lines meet. I make two basic mug forms: one is a tankard style based on those found in medieval European pots and the other form is a smaller round cup.
This tankard style is the one I’ve made the most of…thousands and thousands. It has the extra added fun of having three distinct segments and I play with the different relationships between them…sometime the bottom bit is very round, sometimes more subtle like the one above. And sometimes the ‘waist’ is higher or lower. The handle springs from the rolled ring that I leave at the top. That little feature is one of the threads that holds my work together. I like how glazes break and salt attacks there.
|This is the fruits of last fall’s labors…|
Because I see mugs as an everyday item and I make lots of them I would never put a foot on mine. I do give them a fairly thin lip…anyone (man or woman) with a serious mustache will know that thick rims can be dangerous!
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