Hand crafted ceramic mugs - made with recipe glazes!
This page is to show a selection of hand-made mugs that I created on my pottery wheel.
The glazes on the mugs are usually ones I have mixed myself following a recipe.
Toffee glazes drizzle mugs
Green glazes mugs
Vibrant lava glazed teacup
Information about the digging, refining and processing of naturally dug clay from Shepperton!
I am very fortunate to have access to my own source of natural, local Shepperton clay! After being dug from the ground, the clay is then dried, crumbled, sieved, mixed with water and sieved again. The resulting clay is free (mostly) from stones, shells and other organic matter.
Shepperton clay comes from the ground as a lovely yellow clay, indicating the presence of iron oxide.
After firing, the clay takes on a lovely soft terracotta pinkness, thanks to the iron oxide present.
As with everything pottery related, there is much more testing to be done! I have experimented with using Shepperton clay, mixed down with water, as a glaze in itself and so far it looks promising.
The only problem with naturally sourced clay is that it doesn't like the heat very much and usually doesn't enjoy being fired to high temperatures - it can actually turn into puddles in the kiln, which once cooled, are incredibly difficult to clean up (trust me..). But that does mean it should work well as a glaze, because it will turn into glass at those higher temperatures.
A selection of hand made ceramic vases, decorated with glazes made from a recipe.
This is a selection of some of my vases. I usually glaze all my pieces with glazes mixed following a recipe, rather than by buying them straight from a supplier.