Hand thrown stoneware cups with raised slip work. Inspired by Elizabethan blackwork
Height 8cm Diameter 8cm
Width including handle: 14cm
Hand wash, not suitable for the dishwasher.
A Cupful of Craft
This winter we have launched a special collection celebrating the humble cup. In these strange times we look for comfort in the everyday, and a handmade cup can be a really special thing: to take out in the garden, to have waiting for you in the morning, to offer to someone who pays a visit.
We have invited several artists to create a series of unique cups for this collection including Fliff Carr, Yu Kobayashi, Katrin Moye, Ginny Sims, Michaela Gall and Emily Mitchell.
THE MAKER’S STORY
Emily Mitchell beautiful and peaceful hand thrown cups are each given a character by a particular handle and decoration.
“I am enjoying exploring the form of the handle as almost a ‘portrait’, of a cup. Handles are the connection between me and the person using them. I am also interested in the way a handle shape makes you hold a cup in a certain way, weather a tiny delicate finger hold on a porcelain tea cup, or the grip on a big chunky tankard handle.”
The blue and white cups are inspired by the artist’s interest in early Delftware whilst researching the collection in the Victoria & Albert Museum. Thrown in red terracotta clay, then hand painted with cobalt oxide and dipped in a white glaze.
The slip dot cups are developed from my Emily’s love of eighteenth century creamware. “I’ve used raised white slip decoration to create texture to play with and to excite the sense of touch as the cup is held.”