This is how I make my Aqua Mist stoneware mugs. I decorate them with slip (liquid clay) the technique is called "slip trailing".
By the way...Doesn't that latte look heavenly? It comes from my MOST favorite coffee shop - Bello Mundo Cafe in San Luis Obispo. It is the best latte I have ever had!
|Aqua Mist Stoneware Mug|
It all starts with a ball of clay...
Then I make the body of the mug on my potters wheel (its called throwing)...
|Centering the Clay|
|Raising the Walls|
|Shaping the Body|
|Waiting to be cut off the wheel...|
|Lots and lots of mugs...|
|I add my signature swirl, initials and stamp each one Back Bay Pottery|
Now it's time to attach the handle...
|Attaching a handle to the mug body.|
I use a handmade stamp to stamp the base of the handle. It makes it pretty and helps it to firmly attach to the body of the mug.
|Using a Flower Stamp|
Time to mix up the slip...
|Putting the slip through a mesh sieve to remove all the sand & grog.|
I love this technique because it combines my love of ceramics & drawing. It is a little tricky though because you have to squeeze the bottle just right. I make my own slip from clay & water. I use a hand mixer to get it nice & smooth.
I am a fly by the seat of your pants type of girl so I don't usually have a precise plan on my designs. I just do it! I absolutely love handmade & one of a kind things so I make each piece a little different.
|Drying Pottery... Little Bird Dish Bowls|
|Freshly glazed pottery waiting to go into the kiln...|
|Glazed pottery in the kiln ready for the glaze firing.|
|Just opened the kiln!|
|Just unloaded from the kiln...|
The finished product!
|Aqua Mist Stoneware Dinnerware by Back Bay Pottery|