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Heron Mug --Carved Stoneware with Celadon Glaze and Grasses

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This mug is adorned with a pair of herons, a crescent moon, and grasses carved into the surface. The design on the mug was produced using an elaborate technique known as sgraffito. The mug was thrown in dark brown stoneware clay, and the entire mug was dipped into a liquid, white clay slip. The negative space was carved away, leaving the white herons, moon, and grasses. After bisque firing, the herons were painted carefully with wax, (but not the moon and sedges!). The entire mug was dipped in celadon green glaze, inside and out. After a reduction firing at cone 10, the herons remain a gleaming, unglazed white, the grasses and moon become pale green, which is the white slip shining through the translucent, green celadon glaze. The textured, watery background becomes a deep green on the dark, stoneware clay.

This mug is medium in size, fairly tall, and slender, flaring from base to rim with straight sides. It holds about 10 fluid ounces (US), and somewhat more if filled to the rim. The height is about 4 3/8", the width at the rim about 3 3/4" . Weight is medium, a nice compromise between lightness and strength.

I have included several photos, with closeups intended to show the raised, carved surfaces.

If you are close to western PA, I may be able to offer a shipping discount, to be refunded after this item is shipped. Shipping includes insurance.

Hand washing is usually safest with hand made ceramics, but this cup is safe for the microwave, and a gentle dishwasher.
Kristin Williams

Heron Mug --Carved Stoneware with Celadon Glaze and Grasses


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: food safe glazes, stoneware
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