I made JT Wine Cups on the potter’s wheel using a tan stoneware clay. They are deliciously shaped to fit in the hand with impressions or dimples in either side of the cup for a comfy, firm grasp. (JT is short for Joshua Tree, inspired by the national park of the same name)
Liquid flows smoothly over the rim because I use a leather strip to roll the lip of clay from the interior to the exterior plane after I throw each cup. This “line” directs the flow of liquid.
After each cup is trimmed and dry, they go through the first firing, called bisque. Once they are bisqued, the cups are rubbed with red iron oxide to stain the exterior, then dipped in red gold and then green glaze. The interior is lined with the red gold glaze as well. The second firing at 2200 degrees melds the glazes and bakes the iron oxide into the surface.
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.
JT Wine Cups are sold as a pair. They make a great gift for wedding, holidays, housewarming, birthday, or just to say “thank you”.
Each cup holds 12 oz. 4.5″H
See also Purple Rain Wine Cups