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New Mugs, What a Relief

Sometimes you have to take your work to new dimensions.  I've been playing around with the mugs that I do with imagery on them.  The idea was that they would be reminiscent of tattoos.  I even leave some unglazed surface around the pictures, which makes me think about the variance between the body with and without adornment.

Pottery mug with dragon by Future Relics Gallery
Dragon Mug in Relief

Now I'm taking those pieces to a new level; a raised and carved surface.  I still created the lines using mishima and I'll paint the dragons and luna moths with underglazes.  I'll do a clear coat of glaze over that then add colored glazes on the reset of the body of the mug.  I think that's what I'll do anyway.  Sometimes these things change plans on me and I just have to go with it.

Ceramic Luna Moth Mug by Future Relics Gallery
Luna Moth Mug with Relief

What do you think?

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


  1. i like the variation in the surface; iknow what you mean about 'at least i think that's what i'll do' the clay sometimes has a strong mind

    1. Thanks Linda, It really does have a strong mind, sometimes we just need to keep working it and trying new things until it looks/feels right.

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    1. Thanks Gary, I hope you think the same of them once they are glazed and fired.

  3. I think your on to something with the relief design. That dragon is amazing.

  4. You are brilliant.

    A new venue to market your pottery! Tattoo audience.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

    1. Thanks Tara, I have actually taken a commission to reproduce someone's tattoo. Of course it's always easier when they have the artwork, not just the tattoo.

  5. What a great addition to just painted designs! I'm thrilled for you.


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