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How to Make a Faceted Mug - Part 2

Yesterday's blog post was about how to facet a pot.  If you didn't read it yet you can find it by clicking  here.  Go do that now, I'll wait right here.  When you get back we'll learn how to make a double facet.

Making a double facet is similar to making a single facet, you just have more opportunities to cut through your wall.  Wheee!

You'd do everything the same as when making the single faceted pot but before you start cutting with your faceting tool you'll make a light line in the middle of the pot.  Make the line while the wheel is spinning so the line is completely around the pot.  Now when you make your first cut you'll bring the tool just down to that line then stop and cut off your piece.  I like to bring the tool over to the side a little bit so that the textured lines meet at an angle, but that's just personal preference. Do this around the entire top half of the piece.

Faceting the Top Half

Next move the piece so that one of the corners of the upper facet is facing you.  Insert the wire of the tool into the clay just under this point.  Again, cut straight down very carefully.  When you get to the bottom you can either make another angle cut or cut straight down.  It's an aesthetic choice, try both and see which look you like best.  I like cutting at an angle and leaving some clay if I'm going to be glazing the piece with a runny glaze.  The lip will help catch the glaze.

Starting the Second Facet Layer
Do this around the entire mug, or just part of it.  That might be a fun look too.  Play and see what you discover.
Ceramic mug, double facets by Future Relics Pottery
Double Faceted Mug
If you'd like a one on one demonstration and lesson on how to do this or many other pottery techniques you can schedule a Helpout with me.  The first lesson is free so why not give it a try.

Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Gallery by Lori Buff


  1. wow that a super looking mug, love the curved top contrasting with the angled facets. that same faceting multiplied all the way up would look great on a tall vase


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