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~*~Creating Change Through the Construction of Ceramic Mugs~*~

Here is an inside look at the creation of  mugs by the art education students of AED 474.

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CREATING A MUG

The first step in the process is to extrude clay cylinders that provide the mug walls.

1 extruding a cylendar  2 extruding a cylendar  3 cutting off the cylendar

this is done many times…

detail cylendars  extruded cylendars

We must cut the bases for the soon to be mugs as well. We do this using a round cutter on clay slabs at the desired thickness of less than 1/4 inch.

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We connect a cylinder with a base using the technique of slipping and scoring.

Once a base has been added, we smooth the brim or edge of the cup to avoid sharp edges after firing.

nicole puts bottoms on cylendars

nicole adjusts the lip

mugs are covered in white slip, providing a base coat and left to dry.

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A close up of handles.

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After this step it is time to add details with colored slips…

Preparation is part of the process and mixing slip before using it is critical…

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Hard at work…

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Having fun!

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A decorated close up.

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Ready to be fired.

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a side view.

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A happy kiln is a full kiln.

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And then the process continues…

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Once these mugs decorated in slip have been fired, they are glazed with a protective coating and fired again.

loading glaze firing

They appear pure white and by magic…

glazed mugs kiln opening

TADA! Ready to use in full color!

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Notice the shine of the protective glaze and how it accentuates the coloring.

Here are some close ups of after mugs have been removed from the kiln for the last time.

unloaded mugs  glazed mugs

The next step is to pack them up to protect them until sold

packing up mugs

we are continuing to construct more mugs in an effort for our ceramics to create change!


3 Comment(s)

  1. Diane Jackson

    April 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    This is so exciting ! Congratulations on such a wonderful project !



  2. Stephanie Larouche

    April 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Is there a way to offer people the opportunity to order on line? In advance?



    • aed474

      April 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      There is no way to order online, unfortunately, as we only accept cash. If there is any specific mugs that you’d like to see happen, feel free to post the ideas right here and we can take your ideas into consideration, absolutely!



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