Slabs, textures, buttons: I saw it on my TV!

two mugs

slab-built mugs

My daughter-in-law loves the bluish mug on the right and I know this because she wrote me a note saying that if she had made a mug like this she would write a blog post about it, so that’s what I’m doing. This is a new design for me (I usually throw my mugs) and it was inspired by the excellent DVD set (which I will review in a later post) called What If? Explorations with Texture and Soft Slabs by¬† Sandi Pierantozzi. Sandi encourages us to 1) play with soft, thin slabs and with texture, and 2) ask ourselves “what if I try this?” so that’s what I did. I started by making straight-sided mugs and added buttons where the slab joined. Then I watched a bit more of the DVD and saw how Sandi pushes a straight side out to form a curve. So I did that too. Apart from being a lot of fun, this technique allows me to make ultra-thin mugs which is something that is appreciated by a friend of mine who has a disability. One thing that I like about these mugs is that they don’t look anything like Sandi’s work, even though they were inspired by it. You can see excerpts from the DVD set (and even buy it) at

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