Each of these mugs is hand made on the potter's wheel with porcelain clay that is then slip trailed, wax accented, and hand painted in various layers to achieve the vision for the subject matter. I use the English Porcelain like a canvas achieving my own style of design with each topic desired. There is an option for you to pick your favorite animal, sea-creature, or something else that you love to have it immortalized on a hand painted porcelain mug below in addition to in-stock options for sea-life and other creatures.
16oz. size mug, 4" diameter mug opening, 5" to handle, 5" tall. Porcelain, slips, stains, underglazes, and glaze.
Made to order, drop-ship, and print-on-demand products listed on this website each may have longer than expected delivery timelines. Please see all information about the product to understand the shipping timeframe. In some cases, items on this site will be shipped directly to you from a producer of that item vs. directly from Amy Lee's studio. I partner with other artisans and producers to allow this website to flourish in addition to spending time making new fun small-batch items in my studio!
This item is one-of-a-kind. My one-of-a-kind work is called 'Heirloom' because somewhere deep inside me it is my hope that you will pass this along through the generations for others to enjoy its unique nature. I also call items 'Heirloom' when I've spent more hours decorating a piece than I could ever truly recover by charging a premium for it. It's part of the process I love. It's part of what makes the medium ever-changing for me. It's part of the challenge of what new creativity might be drawn out and onto my work. Thank you for supporting this passion!
My handmade pottery items are made individually when I "throw" clay on the potter's wheel to shape the basic form. Sometimes I literally throw it onto the wheel head to get it to stick well, but the process in-general is called "throwing". They are turned over, re-centered, and trimmed when the clay has been allowed to dry slightly. Sometimes I also start with slabs of clay that are then hand-built into their shapes vs. on the wheel. Handles and other clay additions are then added and the piece is allowed to dry very slowly to prevent warping or cracking. When the piece is completely bone dry it is fired in a kiln (think big clay oven) to a temperature of just over 1800 degrees F. After this first firing, the piece is then decorated with glazes that a much like a slurry of powdered glass in water and often do not look anything like their finished colors. When the glaze is dry, each piece is carefully loaded back into the kiln to be fired again to a temperature over 2200 degrees F. This work is considered "mid-range" temperature pottery fired to Cone 6-7 upon completion.
These items are one-of-a-kind, handmade items and should be hand-washed or top-rack dishwasher washed. They are microwave friendly when no metallic glazes are used; however care must be used to ensure you do not overheat them or expose to thermal shock conditions.