These mugs are a commission. The shape was described with hand gestures to suggest cradling a warm cup of tea.
Not much to go on, but I understood the concept. I then just made shapes on the wheel to fit my imaginings of what was wanted.
Black and white glaze was requested. I don’t use a glossy black, but I do use a warm black/brown on my figurative sculptures and so decided to try that.
The client was really happy. That is a big relief and also a real pleasure to have got it right.
Alex asked me to make some Yunomi (Japanese tea bowls) as he is taking part in a tea-making competition. I tried several shapes, clays and glazes. These are made of crank clay, so very groggy, finished in a shiny brown and grey/blue glaze.
Tea bowls, approx. 6 cm high
The ones Alex has chosen are similar to these but have a white interior to show off the colour of the tea, important for his competition.
The design for these new jugs was inspired by some I saw in one of the galleries in St Ives during the summer. The main appeal for me was their simplicity. I was already using the shell motif on a number of my pots and as part of my mark.
Green jug with shell motif – approx. 15cm in height
Cream jug with shell motif – approx 15cm in height