I made Wood Fired 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 bisque firing. After they are bisqued, the cups are prepped for the wood kiln. I leave most of the exterior bare because I like the natural feel and look of the clay. But don’t worry. At 2400 degrees F the clay is completely water tight. I glaze the rim and the interior with a yellow salt glaze that I make. For the final touch, I dip a deer tail brush I made in black slip and make marks suggestive of tall grass. And you might even find some freckles in the glaze or a spray of wood ash on 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.
Wood Fired 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. 3-3.5″H
See also Shino Wine Cups