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Prototype

This mug is a prototype for the mugs that I'm going to be entering into the Mugs For Jugs fundraiser at Mudfire Gallery. The show is a way to raise money for breast cancer research and a lot of fun. It's scheduled for October, I'll post more details as we get closer to the date of the show.

Mugs For Jugs Prototype
You may have noticed that this mug is not my typical style, it's actually the first time I've ever added lace to a pot.  It may actually be the first time I've ever purchased lace in my life.  As a kid my grandmother always wanted to make or buy me dresses with lace.  Yuk, I was a tomboy who was (still is) much more comfortable in blue jeans.  Grandma did buy me my first pair of jeans so I guess she was also fairly tolerant of me.  Ever since then I've said I am allergic to lace.

The lace on this mug was dipped in slip than attached to the pot when the clay was leather hard.  It was actually pretty fun but quite messy.  What potter really minds a mess?  It was just getting the extra slip cleaned up that was any kind of a problem with the lace.

This one lives with me now but I've got some others for the show in October.  What do you think?

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  1. It's a bikini, so much fun, so you fired the lace on the pot? looks great.

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    1. Thanks Linda, yes, the lace is covered in slip and then fired on the pot.

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  2. that's a cool idea, like Linda, I want to know if you fired the lace onto the pot. I have impressed lace into clay, or brushed slip over it, then removing it (like a resist)... never would have thought to fire with the piece.

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    1. That thanks Michèle, I left the lace in and just fired the pot, the lace burns out but leaves the slip which is quite strong, especially after being glazed.

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  3. Same question here - does the lace burn out in firing? Does it smoke at all?

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    1. Hi Julia, it does burn out for sure, I've never seen any smoke from this process but it's just a tiny bit of thread, I can't imagine the smoke would even be noticeable. The kiln has an environment that would pull it out of the kiln room anyway.

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