I made BNG Wine Cups on the potter’s wheel using a tan stoneware clay. Deliciously shaped to fit in the hand with impressions or dimples in either side of the cups for a comfy, firm grasp. (BNG is short for black and gold)
I use a leather strip to roll the lip of clay from the interior to the exterior plane after I throw each cup. Liquid flows smoothly over the rim because this “line” directs the flow of liquid.
After each cup is trimmed and dry, they go through the first firing, called bisque. Next the exteriors of the cups are dipped into a matte glaze and the rims of the cups are dipped in a red gold glaze. The interiors also are lined with red gold glaze and the cups are fired a second time, to 2200 degrees. In the kiln, the overlapping red gold and black matte glazes at the upper portion of the cups meld.
Great for serving wine but use the cups as you like for hot or cold beverages. Obviously with hot drinks you will want to be sure the cup is cooled enough to handle before picking it up. I use cups like these for coffee with no problem. Heating in the microwave is safe, but allow the cup to cool before handling.
BNG Wine Cups are sold as a pair. They make a great gift for wedding, holidays, housewarming, birthday, or just to say “thank you”.
See also JT Wine Cups