I made Shino Wood Fired Mug on the potter’s wheel from a rich iron-bearing stoneware clay and pulled the handle directly from the body of the cup. Pulling the handle this way gives it a natural shape to hold onto. A thumb stop adds a bit of interest and comfort. The surface is smooth and has a slight metallic gleam.
Shino Wood Fired 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.
The lower section of the Mug is bare clay that reduces to a deep rich brown in the atmosphere of the wood kiln. I dipped the main portion of the mug in a red shino glaze that I make and then use a handmade deer tail brush to create a spontaneous mark on each pot. The handle is smooth and comfortable. Well-balanced cup. Flat bottom.
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 Wood Fired Barrel