Shortly after Justin and I moved to northeast Ohio, I met a woman named Sarah who owns a nearby art studio. Sarah is an amazing clay artist with a full studio that offers classes and she opens up her studio space to artists wanting to work on their own projects. It's a pretty amazing setup she has and the art community she is building in this area!
Last month I decided to make a funny little gift for the Mr. and made a character mug inspired by his face. The idea originated from a couple that celebrated their engagement day at the art studio and made mugs inspired by each other that they will drink out of on their wedding day. I also thought that with Justin's beard, glasses, bigger ears and classic smirk that he would make a really fun mug!
The handcrafted husband mug started with a basic shape that Sarah created on the wheel. Then, I formed little facial features that I added to the mug. This was actually a lot more difficult than I expected! Once the mug was assembled, Sarah fired it for me and then I was able to add different glazes before it's second firing process in the kiln. For this project, I just added glazes on the inside of the mug, his beard, glasses and a little on his face. I let the glaze soak into the cracks around his eyes and mouth, and then took a sponge and wiped the surface to give it a smooth matte look.
I can honestly say that the mug turned out very different than what I envisioned, but I get a good laugh every time I see it! I am very curious as to what my character mug would look like if Justin created one of me!
That thought actually scares me a little....