Shino Mug


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I made Shino Mug on the potter’s wheel from a rich iron-bearing stoneware clay and pulled the handle directly from the body of the cup into a natural shape for the hand to hold.  A thumb stop adds interest and comfort.  Also, a bit of carbon has been trapped in the glaze and has created a slight veil of gray over the red shino.  A spray of ash here and there adds interest and variation to the surface creating an earthy sensibility.

Shino Mug will keep your favorite beverage hot or cold longer than those commercial slip cast mugs.  And I roll the rim over in a bead to resist chipping and to help the liquid transfer from cup to mouth smoothly

I dipped the main portion of the mug in a red shino glaze that I make.  Then I use a handmade deer tail brush to create a spontaneous mark on each pot. The handle is smooth and comfortable.  I left the lower lower section of the Mug bare and the naked clay reduces to a deep rich brown in the atmosphere of the wood kiln.  Well-balanced.  Flat bottom. Light weight.

One of the fascinating aspects for me about firing in a wood kiln is the difference in outcomes between pots that go into the same firing.  On one pot, the shino may pick up the color from the oxides in the wood ash like lichen growing on a rock or tree; on others the shino will fire out clean and metallic.  Of course the clay body has something to say about that as well.

Fired in my wood kiln for 34 hours to approximately 2400 degrees F!  This baby can go into the microwave and dishwasher safely.

5”H. Holds 16 oz

See also Shino Wood Fired Mug