Some people started asking for this when I first started making my Ebonyware mugs... 20 years ago... the current mug sold so well, I procrastinated... then took a couple of years off from production, for a number of reasons... and now, do not have the equipment to make the turned models. What to do? Then, in talking with my brother Bill back in April, I discovered he has a lathe. A-Ha! Out comes the drawing I've had - FOREVER! And he agreed to make me a wooden mug model. YAY!!! Thanks for being such a wonderful and helpful big brother!
|The beautiful turned wooden mug model - out of cherry! Gorgeous as a piece of art in itself!|
|The model and my newly made plywood coddles to make the framework to pour the plaster into.|
I took some photos of them as they were drying after a coat of clear polyurethane was applied... light sanding in the morning and another coat... Plaster should be able to be cast on Saturday! If the sun stays out, I should have a dry mold to work with on Monday... I can't wait!
Hopefully the new coddles and the mold in the imminent future will entice my muse to return from wherever she has been hiding. I am taking all the extra time I would have been in pottery classes and just diving in! Well... almost all... I did take a bit of time to feel disappointed, but I'm over it now... I guess my pottery related creative slump is officially OVER!
My first few large mugs are spoken for already (and YES - I will complete the wish lists of others at the same time), including the Cider Mug Sale at the Clemson Arts Center in September.