Concept

I was asked to make some mugs that incorporated traditional tribal motifs. I thought the best clay to use for this project would be a speckled stoneware that added a warm, cozy, nostalgic feel to the pieces.

Process

The cups were wheel thrown, trimmed and given handles. When they were dry enough to handle without getting warped, I used a dull pencil to sketch out the pattern and then carved it out using a special tool.