I have to be somewhere in about an hour and I have to finish cooking before I go so who knows if I can get all my thoughts down.
The perfect mug.
What is the perfect mug?
The other day I had a conversation with a friend of a customer that had ordered mugs from us somewhere around 10 or so years ago. I am thinking possibly closer to 15 years ago. I am going by a glaze we started moving away from and a shape that I just don't make any more.
But since the customer has this heavy on the mind I agree to try a set of mugs to fit what the customer wants.
I have looked at the size of the mug and I think that maybe the biggest problem is that the mugs I made were 1/4 of an inch too tall.
The mug that they bought and wanted more of was 4 inches. I made the others at 4 1/4 inches and it has bothered them ever since.
Circles were drawn of the "perfect" mug and I then placed the not perfect mug in the circle and it is about 1 millimeter bigger. Yes it is bigger but the lines are really side by side with a speck of white space between them.
Today I decided to make this mug. I made sure to set up a pointer, but even with the pointer the clay at times wanted to stretch up past the stick, down boy, I would think and slap on another one in hope that this one would stay within the lines. As you can see this is a pretty plain and simple shape, but those plain and simple shapes at times can be just as hard , if not harder, to keep in line. I have made 10 and we shall see.
I like to drink out of mugs and use them for all liquids but wine.
For some reason when it comes to wine I want glass. The exception to that is a small porcelain cup that I have. That cup is one I like for a small cup of white wine when I am cooking.
Red, I go to glass.
The other shape is a tea mug that Mark started making last year and those are my go to for tea.
Like people mugs come in all shapes, sizes and styles.
I'll let you know how they turn out.