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.
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.