Tuesday, August 15, 2017


 Here are the mugs that I had promised to take pictures of. The pictures don't do the glaze the justice that they really deserve, but for now, this is what you are getting.
It has been fun to revamp an older glaze, and, while doing so, develop something new.
Mark latched onto one right away when I unloaded the kiln. We took it along when we stopped in to Four Saints in Asheboro for a pint. If you remember we made mugs for their fundraiser. They also buy beer mugs  now and again to replace ones that meet with a hard floor or some other unfortunate event.
They also let us know we could bring our own mugs in to drink out of and store them there. We took them up on the offer and "carried" up a couple to drink from.
One night while we were there I was handed a different mug, it was still one we made, but not the one I had taken to drink from.

 Excuse me, but this is not mine. Yes it is they said. No it's not I said. It's your number, they said. Yep, it's my number but a different mug. I had brought in a black and blue mug, this one was iron red with an accent of wood ash.
They looked again, funny you have two, but one is marked with your number plus A on it....
Long story short, someone had seen that mug I brought in and wanted it, they wanted it really bad, bad enough to get the owners to exchange with me.
Did I mind?
At first I did and then I thought, if they want it bad enough they could have it.
We were there one night and I punched Mark, hard, Look! There is the mug!
The woman who wanted it was enjoying a beer out of the mug, she looked so happy I did not have the heart to knock her off her bar stool.

Now, I am very fond of the iron red mug, we bonded. I could take another mug to drink from, but we are pretty happy.

Mark on the other hand, took a mug much like the one below. It caused a new stir with some of the customers and one of the guys working behind the bar.
We ended up with an order of 6 beer mugs from one person, and one for the bar keep.
A happy ending for all.

 Some rain this past week has allowed some of the flowers I planted to bloom.
Rain is good.

This week I head back to teach on Thursdays. I am looking forward to seeing my students and putting them all back to work.
I just have to remember to go!
I hope the summer has been good to you, I know there are many things going on. Many. I will keep neutral here, saving my thoughts and actions for other places.
Hold your family tight.


Barbara R. said...

Great story about the beer tankards...I hesitate to call them mugs! Lovely flowers too. Enjoy the beginning of the next season!

Laurie said...

It's not surprising you got mug orders. They're lovely! Sorry we missed you. We were there on Saturday. Beautiful sunflowers! I didn't plant any this year, but have one volunteer I am enjoying.

cookingwithgas said...

tankards is probably the better use of the word, but I still think of mugs as the go to word.

cookingwithgas said...

well laurie- send me a text next time, we will meet you there!

Judy Shreve said...

Great mug story! And a great ending to the evening! We love our beer mug and keep it in the freezer when it's not full of our favorite ale! I also still drink my morning coffee out of one of your mugs! The best!

cookingwithgas said...

Thanks Judy! I am happy that you are still using your mugs.

Unknown said...

I'll have the door unlocked! See you tomorrow!

cookingwithgas said...

Oh! Thanks Josh! Good reminder!

Shortstuff said...

I would call that mug Mark took to Four Saints, Starry Night. It's purdy.

cookingwithgas said...

that seems to be the suggestion from the folks that have seen it. I think it might work well. Starry night.