I made Blue Rain Barrel Mug on the potter’s wheel from an iron-bearing stoneware clay. The clay is a toasty tan color when fired to its maturity. I pulled the handle directly from the body of the mug and added a thumb rest for extra comfort. The handle is comfortable – not too thin not too thick. Flat bottom. Beaded Rim.
Blue Rain Barrel Mug helps keeps your favorite beverage hot or cold. Liquid flows smoothly from the inside curve to your mouth.
I call this glaze application “Blue Rain”. Starting with a purple matte glaze that I make, I dip the mug from the bottom about 1/2 of the mug’s length. Next I dip the mug from the top in a floating blue glaze that I make, leaving a gap between the blue and purple glazes. I line the mug with in a red gold glaze and then dip from the top to just slightly over the purple in the red gold glaze. The use of these three glazes is still evolving for me. On a flat surface, I can pour the gold between the purple and the blue and create a “sun-going-down” bleed” effect. On a vertical surface, the result is more of a fusion, or “rain” from above!
All my stoneware is fired twice, once to what is called bisque (biscuit) and then a second glaze kiln to 2200 degrees F.
Makes a great housewarming, birthday, holiday, or “thank you” gift.
The shape delivers your favorite beverage smoothly across the rim and the tapered rim closes the form slightly, helping to hold the heat or the cold longer.
All of my mugs are microwave and dishwasher safe.
5”H. 14 oz capacity
See also Purple Rain Femme Fatale Mug