I made Purple Rain 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.
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. Purple rain is the name I have given the glaze combo. First I dip the exterior of the cup in a purple matte glaze that I make. Then I line the cup with a red gold glaze which I purchase. I also dip the rim in the Red Gold; and for the final touch, I dip the rim again in a green glaze that I make. The melding in the kiln creates a sheeting, or rain. Each pair is matching in height and style. Each cup is unique.
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.
Purple Rain Wine Cups are sold as a pair. They make a great gift for wedding, holidays, housewarming, birthday, or just to say “thank you”.
I have 2 pairs. One pair holds 12 oz in each cup; one pair is shorter and holds 10 oz per cup.
See also BNG Wine Cups