Tender’s negative space sgraffito coffee mugs are hand thrown in England from natural white clay dug in England. They are slipped with natural white clay mixed with green coloured salt, and left unslipped and unglazed on the base, to reveal the original character of the mud. A pattern of nettle plants is hand engraved in negative relief all around the mug.
Sgraffito mugs are hand-incised before being glazed, picking out the contrast between the slip and the clay beneath. In this case, the negative space around the drawing is taken away, leaving a positive pattern raised away from the base clay. This ancient technique was used by the Romans to create frescos. Each piece is engraved entirely by hand, using just a pointed wooden stylus, so is slightly different from the next. The illustration shows wild nettle leaves and flowers, and the loosely engraved background suggests a hill side .
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.
Please bear in mind that this hand-made pottery should be washed by hand, and is not suitable for microwaves, ovens, or dishwashers. Plain, unengraved mugs are available here.
THE TENDER STORES ARE CLOSED FOR A SHORT BREAK. ORDERS WILL BE SHIPPED ON 30TH OCTOBER Dismiss