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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.
CREATING A MUG
The first step in the process is to extrude clay cylinders that provide the mug walls.
this is done many times…
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.
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.
mugs are covered in white slip, providing a base coat and left to dry.
A close up of handles.
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…
Hard at work…
A decorated close up.
Ready to be fired.
a side view.
A happy kiln is a full kiln.
And then the process continues…
Once these mugs decorated in slip have been fired, they are glazed with a protective coating and fired again.
They appear pure white and by magic…
TADA! Ready to use in full color!
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.
The next step is to pack them up to protect them until sold
we are continuing to construct more mugs in an effort for our ceramics to create change!