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N is for Narwhal!
M is for Manatee!
T is for Tortoise!
C is for Chameleon!

These food and dishwasher safe mugs are completely unique and one-of-a-kind, and will not be reproduced.

This last spring, I set a goal for myself to do a series of mugs with a Day of the Dead theme.
I decided to use the alphabet as a jump off point. Using a different animal for each letter was pretty challenging - I wanted animals that were real, and who were unique enough that one could at least venture a guess as to the animal depicted by its skeleton.

The mugs were thrown on the potter's wheel from locally produced stoneware clay. Then a rolled and textured handle, as well as feet, were applied to each and they were set aside do dry out a bit. Not too much though!

When the mugs were soft leather hard, the bones of the skeleton were individually formed and applied (we potters call this "sprigging" for some reason). Then the mugs were very slowly dried (not too fast or the bones won't stay put!). Once they were bone dry, they were cleaned up a bit. Then a porcelain slip was sprayed on them and they were left to dry further.

A mixture of black glaze and copper oxide was brushed on and then wiped away to accentuate the details, and then a satin celadon glaze was applied inside and out.
When dry, the mugs were single-fired to about 2300 degrees f in a reduction atmosphere over about 8 hours and left to cool for another 12 hours or so.

The mugs are food and dishwasher safe. The bottom of each mug has its animal's name and my signature stamp.

RESERVED - Set of 4 Alphabet Mugs


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: stoneware clay, celadon glaze, high fire kiln
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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