Introduction: 2 Hug Mugs >l<
Learn a simple way to hand-build a ceramic mug that looks like a hug.
Step 1: Roll Out the Bottom
Roll out clay into 4 inch x 1/4 inch thick (roughly) circle. Any clay body will work, it depends on your preference. Clay shown here is Cone 6 B-Mix colored with French Green mason stain (more on that here - http://www.axner.com/mason-stains.aspx)
Step 2: Drape Over 1/2 Cup Measuring Utensil
Drape and press over a 1/2 cup dry measuring utensil
Step 3: Give It Some Love
Pinch and form edges until even wall thickness is achieved.
Step 4: Trim Your Bottom
Depending how much you like your bottom to show, trim accordingly. The longer you keep the sides, the better the cups stack.
I like big butts and I cannot lie! :D
Trim with your preferred blade and canned beverage. I use an Exacto with LaCroix.
Step 5: Cut a 2 Inch Long Strip
Roll out thinner at the ends
2 inch x 10 inch x 1/8 inch roughly
Step 6: Score, Slip, and Roll
Use the can to roll bottom onto strip. Apply even pressure as you roll to ensure the 2 parts stick together like pals 4 eva.
Step 7: Hang to Dry
Leave on can or gently place upside down on flat surface to air dry to stiff leather conistency.
Step 8: Flip Over and Finish
Once firm enough to stand on their own, flip over and finish with a sponge. Choose to blend in strip or leave as a color break. Loosely cover to dry until ready for bisque fire.