Awkward Clay Mug

I made this mug in my clay studio class in October, 2019, and it took me about 10 minutes or less to form.

Roll out a slab of Standard clay #112, a sandy-color clay with small specks. Fold it into a cylinder, put a bottom on it, attach a handle.

Bisque fire it. Then double-dip glaze it. Fire it again at cone 6. Done.

I used opalescent and some other glaze (can’t remember, did not write it down!) and overlapped them to create three colors on this mug.

It is bottom-heavy and off-shaped. Somehow it still manages to appeal to me. I have decided to spend some time in making mugs in this next session of classes. This little guy is my inspiration to see what I can make of the form.

6 thoughts on “Awkward Clay Mug

  1. Yul

    The appeal to me is that it’s got a mouthful of espresso, so full that it spills over its light blue shirts like a beard. At least that’s my fantasy. 🙂

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I like that thought, and I agree, the mug, like every object, I think, has its own personality. I do like how the glazes interact when they touch, forming a third color, and I like this characteristic pattern you get when you dip glaze an object like this.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. Yes, I have tried it out, and it works (you never think of it but mug can be unable to do its job for a variety of reasons, including a too sharp rim, bad shape, etc… Who knew?) And I like the little guy, just for his looks. I hope to make some far-out mugs this session, maybe they will not be very functional, but I like the possibilities…

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