I made Margaret’s Mug on the potter’s wheel from an iron bearing stoneware clay. It has a subtly curved shape, like a barrel, and a flat foot. I pull the handle directly from the body of the mug, giving it a natural extension from the cup. And I add a small bed of clay as a thumb stop or rest.
After the mug was fired to bisque, or 1800 degrees F, I dip the entire outside of the cup in a purple matte glaze that I make. Next, I dip the upper portion in a red gold matte glaze, which I purchase. And then a dip into the copper green glaze so it will create a rain or sheeting effect when fired. For the final touches I use a sash paint brush to daub over the purple. The daubs fire out like blossoms of light blue. The colors are mesmerizing. Sometimes I catch a little turquoise and/or pink.
I glaze fire all my pottery to at least 2200 degrees F, so Margaret’s Mug is microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe.
Makes a great housewarming, birthday, holiday, or thank you gift. The barrel shape helps to keep beverages hot or cold longer. Smooth to the touch and well-balanced.
4.5”H. 12 oz capacity
See also Taos Bloom Femme Fatale Mug