Approximate dimensions: 4″ x 4″ x 5″ (holds roughly 12 fluid ounces or 1.5 cups)

This form can hold two drawings: one wrapping around the outside surface and another within the foot.

Materials: Red velvet clay body with white slip, colored glaze, and clear glaze.

Process: This form is created with a slab of red clay cut from a pattern made from an unrolled paper coffee cup. A sculpted handle is added once the clay firms up a bit. Next, I paint a white slip over the clay and draw pictures using a sgraffito technique. I may bisque fire at this stage, or if I’m doing a once-fire, continue with painting with spot colors and a top coat of clear shiny glaze. I fire in an electric kiln to cone 6, which is in the mid-fire range (roughly 1200 °C / 2200 °F). Finished mug is food (and beverage) safe.

Pictured: Mug with a wrap-around Persephone and Hades story. A sprig of pomegranates adorns the bottom.

Pictured: Unrolled paper coffee cup pattern with Persephone and Hades story for transferring to mug.

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