It all starts here…
Pottery is a crazy finicky and wickedly involved process. Your mug babies go through hours of hands on work, and days of firing before they reach your hands! While it’s ALL sparkles and magick on this end, behind the scenes I’m just covered in mud 90% of the time, sitting in my studio working long hours to bring you these sweet pieces.
AT MUD AND MOONSHINE, YOUR PIECE IS HANDMADE IN THE TRUEST SENSE OF THE WORD
IN A NUTSHELL
Each mug babe begins as a ball of clay, that I wedge and throw on the wheel (that’s the “spinning” process) to create the initial form. Each piece is then tucked away in plastic to dry over the course of the next few days/week. Once it’s dry enough (but not too dry, just that right Goldilocks zone) I put the mug back on the wheel and trim it to have that perfectly rounded bottom and smooth “foot”. I then take more clay and using a bit of water, pull the clay over and over to create a handle that I twist up and leave to dry. Once it hits that same Goldilocks dryness, I attach the handles and paint on the 3 layers of underglaze. I come up with, and free hand carve the each design, texturize the bottoms and slip trail around the designs. I gingerly pack and cart car-fulls of highly fragile mugs across down to be kiln fired, pick them up, hand paint glaze each one with multiple layers (re: long and tedious!), and cart them back across town for their final firings. Then I photograph the mugs and create the listings and finally hand stamp all the boxes and tags with my hand carved stamps and hand made stickers, and then lovingly pack and ship them to your door. All of this spread out over weeks to allow mugs to be the optimal dryness for each stage.
IT IS AN ALL IN PROCESS. and I love it… most of the time. 😛
Check out some of these behind the scenes glimpses!