Tender’s ceramic chocolate mug is hand thrown in England from natural red clay dug in England. The mug has two handles, to be cupped between both hands. It is slipped with natural white English clay, and left unslipped and unglazed on the base, to reveal the original character of the mud. The white slip is glazed with coloured salts.
Throwing pots by hand involves drawing the desired form up from a single solid spinning lump of clay. Tender’s Master Potter works the clay directly with his bare hands, so each piece is unique and bears the marks of his fingers and thumbs. Rather than casting the handles from slip (watered down wet clay), which would enable uniform and quick mass-production, they are traditionally hung. This involves squeezing a lump of solid clay out into a strip which the potter allows to hang through his fingers, creating a naturally pleasant shape to hold. The ridges on each handle, formed by the creases in the craftsman’s fingers, make it easy and comfortable to grip. The handles are pressed onto the pot with a thumb dent at the base.
Please bear in mind that this hand-made pottery should be washed by hand, and is not suitable for microwaves, ovens, or dishwashers.