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Mug w. Pinstripes & Eyes in Ocean gloss & Black detail


Regular price $78.00
Mug w. Pinstripes & Eyes in Ocean gloss & Black detail
Mug w. Pinstripes & Eyes in Ocean gloss & Black detail

A Victorian mod mug with seeing eyes for your morning coffee or tea. A commonly misunderstood and misused symbol, it is historically positive and considered by numerous cultures to mean protection, self-awareness, wisdom, compassion, healing, and more, which is my interest and intention, as well as homage to the Victorian lover's eye. I glazed this generous cup in a glossy ocean blue and added hand-brushed black pupils within each eye, and inlay pinstripes around the rim. A fascinating cup for everyday!  

Process:
I throw this form on the potter’s wheel and then use a stamp I design and make to impress and alter the surface of the cup. My fingerprint is on the other side of each one of the imprints. The undulation from the stamping and textural relief creates a wonderfully soft and tactile surface with each sip.

The handles I make (two pieces) are hand-pulled and built for comfort, durability, AND elegance. I also decorate the top quarter of the cup (and often areas within the stamp itself) with slip-trailing --the clay version of cake decorating. No molds are used. Every cup is handmade by me alone, and is wheel-thrown, stamped, altered, trimmed, built, slip-trailed, multi-glazed, and fired twice for your using pleasure.

About:

- Approx. 4" h x 6" l x 4 1/2" d; holds 12 oz.
- The clay and glazes are lead-free and food safe.
- My work is both elegant AND intended for your use and enjoyment. While very durable, microwavable, and dishwasher safe, handmade pottery can need (and happily, deserves) a little more love to prolong its life than contemporary manufactured ware: Because of the abrasive nature of dishwashing detergent, which could eventually dull the surface over time, hand washing is not necessary, but recommended. Do not pour boiling, stovetop water directly into handmade ware. “Pre-warming” your cup by swirling warm/hot tap water prior to pouring your fave hot beverage is recommended.

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