The stamp we are using for the mugs is homegrown right here in North Carolina at JetStamps
We had the group that ordered the mugs order the stamp and send it right to us. This way we did not have to try and figure out how best to have what they wanted to say placed on the stamp.
The stamp is working very well and we have tested different stains in the stamped area to see how best they will work.
Number 5 is the winner which is a black stain with some frit and clay as binders.
We have had a few losses and that is to be expected when you are trying to put a medallion on a curved area. If we don't get it right it just blows itself off.
That is better then the ones that have cracked and then popped off leaving a big wad behind. At least when it blows off with a little sanding the mug can be used with a glaze on it, no harm done.
But if it leaves a wad those are hard to remove and is it worth it when you can discard, move on and make another?
Yes, nice mug but what is with the tear drop on the side?
We expect some loss when you are doing custom work it is just going to happen. So far it is only 4 out of 50. Fingers crossed that the ones done yesterday and the ones holding in the bisque kiln are good.
A Potter can not live by mugs alone so sugar jars are being made along with bowls, canisters, pumpkin jars and creamers.
It has been awhile since we made canisters and it is like riding a bike they came right back.
I am just about human again so I think I can read and comment on blogs.
I have some catching up to do.
For you leaf folks out there- the trees are starting to show off, I can see some good reds right out the window when I am. It is time for an ride through Carolina for some tree looking.
Time for tea.