Wrap your hands around a mug that fits just right and absorb the heat on a cool morning. With the Large Comfy Mug, your fingers will fit beautifully around the mug with a comfortable grip for any size hand because of the indentation Rebecca makes under the handle when the mug is thrown on her potter's wheel.
Each mug is a 2-3 week process. Once the clay is transformed from a blob to a tumbler on the potter's wheel, the comfy grip indentation is made and the mug is set aside to dry overnight. On the second day (Or third if the humidity is high and dry times are taking too long), the handle blanks are made. Each mug is scored where the handle will be added to create a strong attachment. Once attached, the edges are smoothed out and the handle is pulled to shape using a lot of water and sweeping strokes that lengthen and shape the handle plug while holding the mug up at eye level. Yes, this guarantees that Rebecca will have water dripping from her fingertips to her armpits but it's the best way to get a beautiful and even shaped handle that feels good in your hand. Once pulled to shape and length, the bottom is attached at the foot of the mug, Rebecca's "g" maker's mark is applied and once again the mug is set aside to dry. After a few hours, the mugs are covered with plastic to allow the very wet handle and partially dry mug body to reach a consistent level of humidity so the handles don't crack at the joint. After 2 days they're uncovered. At this point the carved mugs get their coat of colored slip and the design is freehand carved. The mugs continue to dry in open air until completely dry. This can take anywhere from a couple of days to a week or more depending, again, on the humidity. Once completely dry, the mugs are inspected for cracks around the handle or any potentially sharp spots then loaded into the electric kiln for bisque firing to 1835 degrees. After 24 hours when the kiln is cool enough to unload, the bottoms are waxed and the mugs are glazed. They'll all be loaded back into the kiln again and this time fired to 2232 degrees. From the time the final firing begins until the mugs are ready to remove from the kiln can range from 28-36 hours.
Anytime someone asks "how do you make that?" I'm hesitant to explain without first offering them a chair. It's one hell of a process but I love every minute of it. It delights me to know that when you reach for your coffee mug in the morning, I've had a part in that enjoyment.
Approximate dimensions are 5" x 5.5" and will vary slightly due to the handmade nature of wheel thrown pottery, but that's what makes it so cool.