I work in cycles and every cycle begins with the making of mugs. In many ways this beginning is my favorite part of the whole process. I pick up where I left off last time….raise that foot a little higher, swell the belly a bit more, tuck the rim in, drop the handle a hair, and try something new. Coffee mugs have become a haven of exploration and a place of departure.
Sometimes the changes are very subtle, other times there are minor revolutions on my wheel. And…after days, if not weeks, of mug making trials and victories- it’s on to other forms. What evolved with the mugs eeks its way into pitchers, teapots, bowls, and bottles. These forms present new challenges- and by the time the kilns have cooled- it’s back to mugs again. Enjoy!