Hand-Built Color

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These are slab-built mugs.  Usually I combine wheel-thrown with slab-rolled clay, but after seeing completely hand-built mugs the other day, I thought why not?

They are wildly imperfect which I love in pottery.  I like to see and feel the person who made the vessel’s hands on the piece.

Plus add a ton of colorful underglazes and now they say “Mary’s hands” all over them! For their second firing, I am going to rub the glossy glazes into the crevices like tile grout.  The finished product looks something like this:

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So all though they look like they are going to be crazy bright, they will be tamed down a bit by the glazes.  Colorful but traditional. Ok. Maybe not so traditional.  Maybe I should just call them crazy-happy?

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