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BIRDS & BEACH MUG -- With 3 Lesser Yellowlegs

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This large mug has three carved Lesser Yellowlegs, a common shorebird of beaches and mudflats. The birds stand out in relief against the smooth beach background. Behind the beach is a textured surface carved away to resemble waves on the water's surface, glazed in shiny blue. A simple, sturdy handle finishes the piece.

The cup was thrown on a wheel. Black clay and white clay were painted on the surface of the leather hard clay, then scraped away in a technique known as sgraffito. After the initial bisque firing, an underglaze of yellow was applied to the long legs, and the birds and beach were carefully painted with a wax resist, and the mug dipped in Blue Wheat glaze. The final, high fire effect is unglazed birds and beach, against a shiny blue background of water. The interior is also glazed blue, as is the handle. The type of clay used is high in sand content, giving the appearance of a sandy beach in warm shades of tan, contrasting with the shiny, glazed water.

This is Cone 10, high fire stoneware. The Blue Wheat glaze is lead free, and food safe.

Capacity is about 12 ounces, or slightly more if filled to the rim. Height is about 4 5/16", and width at the rim is about 4 1/8", not including the handle. A fairly large mug, light in weight and comfortable in the hand.

Hand washing is recommended for all handmade ceramics, but this is also suitable for the dishwasher and microwave.

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BIRDS & BEACH MUG -- With 3 Lesser Yellowlegs


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: food safe glazes, stoneware
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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