A simple mug, simple it may be but there is quite a story behind a handmade mug, we all take finished items for granted, ‘it’s a mug’.

Firstly, when driving past a building site in Southwater Sussex,just round the corner from a former brickworks, I noticed that there is masses of yellow clay coming out of footing and trenches. When no one was looking I whipped out a sack and nicked some.This had to firstly be made into a slip and sieved to remove debris and fossils.When the clay had settled out I siphoned the water off and poured the clay into a plaster sink to dry.DSCN6656

After a few months conditioning I threw some mugs,when they were dry enough a handle was pulled and left to dry.DSCN6653

they were left to dry before dipping in black slip ( coloured liquid clay ),



They were left again to dry before they were dipped again in white slip, whilst wet a simple finger wipe decoration was done. When completely dry they were fired firstly to make pottery then  fired again with a glaze to finally make a mug.


A long journey and a lot of work, it’s a mug.




About timbartell

I was born in a flat in Lambeth the name of which was, Wedgewood house,China walk estate.I'd forgotten this until recently,it dawned on me the significance of the names after I had become interested in pottery/ceramics.I think of myself as a potter in the most practical sense,making pots for people to use.I have never had any formal training,I took it up when the table tennis class was full.My first flat was in the same road as a pottery centre, Elmwood pottery, the best in London, 18 sessions a week and a real community. I love my craft and bore everyone with it, so am grabbing this chance to bore more people via this blog.There may be the odd interesting item, here's hoping.
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